“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness, that is life.” -Jean-Luc Picard
As a producer, you need to be both optimist and pessimist.
Your optimism and boundless enthusiasm are needed throughout the project. Especially at the outset when you’re the sole driver making it happen.
Your pessimism is also required throughout…Anticipate problems before they happen. Over communicate. Don’t assume, ever.
Put another way…Hope for the best. Yet, plan for the worst.