Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer:

Because setbacks are so common in truly important problems, people become disheartened unless they can point to some meaningful advance most days, even if that advance is seemingly minor, and even if it involves nothing more than extracting insights from the day’s failures.

I’ve read a lot about the importance of small wins. But this is an interesting thought: that the simple act of “extracting insights from the day’s failures” is in itself a ‘small win,’ even if the day is a total wash.

No wonder it’s so helpful to keep a work or personal journal. Or a blog, for that matter.