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Discussion on: [Keynote] Musical Lessons for Engineering Teams: Developing a Culture of Feedback Cycles

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Stephanie Back

I love the insight on feedback as a newbie. I recently broke the barrier of hesitation in seeking feedback. The fear of failure is so strange when first learning how to code.

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Peter Orton

Fear of failure has been the driving force behind the majority of the poor decisions in my life. Its something I struggle with to this day, but we all have our issues I guess. Well done for breaking that barrier.

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Stephanie Back

Thanks Peter! I definitely still have moments of doubt but then I remind myself that no one learns a new skill/trade on the first attempt. You've got this!

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Michael Tharrington

I feel ya on that! Fear of failure is so strong sometimes and can really be quite debilitating. I have to remind myself that trying and failing is infinitely better than not trying and nothing happening. I feel like generally if I don't do something because of fear of failing then I'm going to regret it.

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Stephanie Back

Michael, I couldn't agree more! It's almost a negative feedback loop where you don't want to fail but feel guilty for not trying in the first place. :)

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Helen Hou-Sandi Author

It's so, so human to be afraid of failure and to really struggle when you've reached a point in your life where you've mastered a bunch of things but have to start as a beginner all over again. I really struggled with that in undergrad with my secondary instrument choice - I thought the organ would be a reasonably convenient parallel but it turned out to be frustratingly difficult because it was so similar and yet completely different and I had to relearn how to learn all over again.

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Stephanie Back

It is inspiring to hear this. :) Thank you for sharing your experiences with us newbies!