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David Wen
Entrepreneur, software developer, management consultant. He likes to talk to his computer when he codes.
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A little faith

A Whole New World‘ is one of the few songs I know all the words to (including Jasmine’s part) which goes to show how much I respect Aladdin.  Spoiler alert (if you’ve lived in a TV-less cave for the past two decades): there’s a pivotal part in the movie where Aladdin sneaks up to Jasmine’s palace on his carpet and asks her to go for a ride.  She of course, hesitates (coyly), and then agrees to take a leap of faith.

During today’s “Engineering Empathy” workshop I said that one way I dealt with frustration was to have faith that everything would turn out alright.  ’Alright’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘the way you wanted it to’.  It means a state better than the one you are currently in.  Who knows how that ride will turn out?  Even if you hit a few bumps, you will learn a few lessons along the way.

Faith is an interesting concept often reserved for religion.  I would define faith as a confidence in something even though there’s doubt.  Do you have faith that 1 + 1 = 2?  No.  Because you know it does.  Do you have faith that your hospital system code is the best in the world?  No.  I know it is.  Do you have faith that your friend will stay loyal and be there for you when you need him?  Yes.  There’s a doubt, but I have faith in him despite that doubt.

In some ways faith is stronger than knowledge.  Even though 1 + 1 may never be proven wrong (except in binary), I have no emotional attachment to it.  Its strength lies in its practicality and less so in its ability to inspire.  So have a little faith and be inspired by a new fantastic point of view.

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David Wen
Entrepreneur, software developer, management consultant. He once watched Parent Trap twice, back to back.