It is frightening that a lot of professionals get sued by such an alarming rate because of malpractice, incompetence, lack of integrity, lack of due diligence, and other questionable practices and actions. When these happen, clients, customers, and partakers of services or products do get the bitter end of the deal.
A botched operation, million dollars wasted, deaths or injuries, inexcusable long list of maladies--
People in suits and white coats are no longer seen as 'gods' but any professional doing their daily jobs. When they rush to diagnosis without seeing the bigger picture and analyze the evidence from medical or technical data, they simply are not the best people to render the proper examination of data and err on safety side- meaning -being more sensitive to patient or customers' safety, health, and well-being. When they play 'smart,' they become the real monsters of their profession. Do no harm principle extends to ensuring the well-being of people in care, especially those patients and clients that are not effective advocates of their health and well-being.
You might have to get a second or third opinion, before you get yourself rush to procedures or processes that are simply not your self-interest to do but the providers!
Beware of (please insert which ones applicable to you) from hell!
A lot of businesses, ventures, initiatives, projects do not even get implemented. They were trashed even before they were tried and tested.
People who have tried at least can examine and explore the courage that they have. No amount of preparation can really prepare you to all the things that you will encounter when it hits reality.
At least the courage that you developed will be something that will help you build that muscle to create, dream, and fulfill those things that you want to happen in your business, life, and career.
Taking the initial step is very important. Being self-absorbed will not get you learn faster from your mistakes and initial 'oops.' Postponing action is the worst that can happen, when inaction is more convenient but potentially lethal to what you want to accomplish.
Failing to try is the worst of all. Give yourself the chance to learn, adapt, and manage the complexities of your endeavor, before you have the right to throw in the towel. But for some, giving up is not an option.
It is all up to you.
No matter how good you are, how best you are in your field, if you are not evolving and learning everyday, your business, organization, or skillset will hit atrophy and will fall by the wayside of the fast-evolving marketplace.
The market is as brutal as it is. It does not care if you are bankrupt, or starving or needing affirmation. It only wants the best that you can offer. The kind of service, product, skills, and talent that the market can appreciate and pay.
Will you be those that will be take waves when the market is at the peak or those that wait until the innovation has plateaued and you become the laggards and late bloomers? Do you take innovation by the horn and say "we will innovate now before we get disrupted?" or say " let's take our time, we are fine right now and there is no need to rock the boat?". The latter are the words of doom. It spells trouble in the long term for the convenience of the present.
Evolve or disappear in the marketplace. That is how tough you need to play because the market does not wait for anybody to be convinced. It is there for the taking for those that are smart, nimble, aware, and ever-present of opportunities and challenges. They ride on the crest of what is possible.
Do not be complacent about where you are in your career. It is not at ticket to a great retirement or a way to pat yourself that life has been good. It can change anytime and only disrupted workers are bitter workers. If you have to end it well, end it on your terms. The way to live to is to have plans for the next steps. Nothing is so stable now that cannot be moved.
There's a saying, in matters of principles, stand like a rock, in matters of taste, stand like a bamboo (that's my way of putting it!).
The world will throw everything at you, even the toilet sink if you permit it. When it comes to your principles and values, stand firm and do not compromise.
Norms and trends may change overtime, creating polarized societies that come from very extreme positions. But values of compassion, kindness, generosity, civility, justice, and fairness -all these things make up for better people, better societies, better citizens.
Fairness and justice are words spoken easily but hard to advocate and reflect in your own life. It is not about the money. It is not about exacting revenge or causing aggravation. It is about claiming what is due, no more, no less. It is about saying, "there is no real peace or moving on, or forgiveness, or reconciliation, when there is no real justice."
And real justice is elusive in this day and age. But when we all aspire to become just, fair, and peaceful, there is always room for dialogue, for meeting of the minds, where win-win is possible.
Many people count their miseries more than their blessings. Wrong, count the blessings more than the miseries.
The miseries get bigger when you concentrate on their negative impacts. When problems are treated objectively, it means that you do not accept more negativity than what it is you are having.
Blessings and good things that come in your life are the sources of inspiration, power, confidence, and hope.
Hope - things that you aspire for but cannot see yet. Hoping for the best yields better outlook for you and for your family. A healthy dose of optimism and hopefulness is always welcome.
This year ending season take time to pause, reflect, and count your many blessings.
It will definitely bring you to the right mental position you need to tackle another year.
You might have heard 'business is a contact sport.'
No amount of preparation will be enough once you get punched in the face.
Then the rest is up to your training, background, experience, insight, prior knowledge, and correct assessment of the situation.
Using common sense, learning on the fly, being adaptive, flexible, and creative will get you through some of the business challenges that are out there.
When you know that things that are coming and did not prepare, you deserve a kick in the butt.
But some things come from nowhere and will leave you totally unprepared. These types of scenario are the ones that no amount of preparation will be sufficient.
Take heed, learn everything you need to learn, and take counsel from those that have been there and been successful, not the armchair advisors. To mitigate the risks and weather the storm, your present response matters a lot.