If you're like me, you've never attended Jerry Weinberg's AYE conferences, but you'd like to at least read nuggets of wisdom from the people who organize them. Well, you can do that by subscribing to the AYE conference blog. Here's one wisdom nugget, courtesy of Jerry Weinberg himself, who quotes some Japanese proverbs:
"We learn little from victory, much from defeat.
So, do not think in terms of Win or Lose, because you cannot always win.
Think instead of Learn, for Win or Lose, you can always learn."
BTW, AYE stands for Amplifying Your Effectiveness.
I had the chance of observing the truth of this proverb while cleaning up the mess caused by my post on using setuptools when you don't have root access. The swift and decisive defeat I suffered by incurring the wrath of the author of setuptools (see PJE's comments to that post) contributed a lot to my understanding on how you're really supposed to use setuptools. Lose, but learn -- I'm OK with that, even when I'm subjected to some unnecessary vile language IMO.