“If plan ‘A’ doesn’t work there are 25 more letters in the alphabet”.*

If, when attempting to get a particular result we fail, the usual option is to try again. Admirable! Everyone admires someone who sticks at it, sees it through… and all the rest. “If at first you don’t succeed”, the saying goes, “then try, try again.”

The problem with this approach is if something isn’t going to work, then trying again can be pretty depressing, so I’d like to see it modified to: “If at first you don’t succeed, then try something different.”

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“If plan ‘A’ doesn’t work there are 25 more letters in the alphabet”.

* I can’t take credit for this, a friend heard it from the vice-chancellor of Reading University.