Think before you act...


Early in my career I interviewed a maintenance engineer and asked him: “what was the mark of a skilled tradesman”; his answer: “measure twice, cut once”. I thought he would have said something about good training, lots of experience… things like that. So, when I looked surprised, he went on to tell me that good professionals plan and prepare for their work in a careful and thorough manner; in other words, they think before they act. All these years later, I still remember that answer and, even though I’ve heard that same comment many times since, I’ve always remembered it as simple but wise advice. We’ve all learned lots of things in our careers – some in school and some on-the-job, but whenever we’re called upon to act there’s nothing better than to think before proceeding. Consider the circumstances, plans, goals and people involved… every situation is different, and you want to be sure about what you’re doing. Whatever you do, people will be affected, and others will be watching. A calm and considered approach will always be seen as a prudent one. And a professional acting like this will be seen as confident and competent. That’s what you want to be today.

 

Benvenuto Cellini (1500 – 1571): Italian goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier, musician, artist, poet and writer