A Firefighters’ Spirit (IDIOMS AND PROVERBS)
There is a category of people I know that I can best describe as firefighters. Not because that is their job, rather, because that is their approach to life.
Give them a thousand days to prepare for an event. Remind them daily for the last hundred days. Yet they’ll show up as unprepared as the person who just heard on that morning.
Sometimes, it is a result of laziness. Other times, it is a result of overconfidence.
For the lazy fellow, there is always going to be another time to get it done. They keep procrastinating until they show up unprepared.
For the overconfident one, there is no need to prepare. They have an unwavering belief in their ability to deliver on any stage at any time.
There is no point wasting valuable time preparing.
Either way, when they show up and push comes to shove, they start reacting like a cow with its tail on fire, trapped in a china-shop.
Even firefighters prepare. They stay physically and mentally fit. Their water and fuel tanks are always filled.
You can’t start searching for fuel for your vehicle after getting the emergency call. You also can’t start filling your water tank when the fire is already raging.
The danger of showing up unprepared is that even when the situation is rescued, the damage is already done.
Just because you put out the fire doesn’t mean you reversed the damage.
You don’t get a second chance at a first impression. Your target market might be pressed for time so you don’t get a chance to repair your reputation.
You prepare for the fire before the first spark, and before the first ember is aglow.
Learn what you should. Rehearse your speech and presentations. Seek educated opinions.
Get your equipment. Ensure they are charged and well maintained. Don’t skip any updates.
Like the fireman and the scout; be prepared.