Nothing is no one is perfect. This is a fact that anyone with a functional brain should be able to agree upon. Thus, failure should always be anticipated and factored into any plan…especially human failure.
As I mentioned in a previous post, everyone should have an air compressor, tire gauge and tire repair kit in their vehicle, more so if going on a long trip. This is, of course, in addition to a jack and a spare tire. Because sometimes shit happens. Sometimes your spare doesn’t hold air for some reason, or your jack breaks, or any number of other things occur. When possible, have multiple fallback options. Redundancy is highly underrated.
To add on to the things listed above; I also keep a quart of oil, a bottle of power steering fluid and brake fluid in my truck. To go even farther and sound a bit extreme, when I’m driving regularly I keep a tent, sleeping bag, a few MREs, a collapsible fishing pole, small tackle box and fire starting implements….but I’m not saying you need to go that far.
Always assume something is going to go wrong, and try to think of all the possibilities. This applies to all things, not just driving, of course. I work with a fellow who kept his generator in his garage. During a power loss caused by a hurricane, he was running his generator…in his garage…and had a 5 gallon container of fuel nearby to keep the generator fueled up. If you cannot see how this story ends, this post will be lost on you. His house burned to the ground. While that was definitely very poor planning, it’s nothing compared to the people who died of carbon monoxide poison recently because they were running the generator INSIDE the house. Darwinism at work.
This coworker could have prevented this calamity by anticipating failure. A generator is a combustion motor. Combustion means fire, burning fuel ignited by an electric spark. Keeping a combustion motor running in a garage attached to your house is already iffy, in my book. I wouldn’t have done it, personally, but I’m sure keeping the generator in the garage is somewhat common. But then add the fuel container. Gas produces highly flammable fumes. So you have 5 gallons of gas, constantly producing combustible vapour…in an enclosed space with a combustion motor. I guess he assumed that the sparks and fire would remain internal and not present a problem. In a perfect world, this would be true. What specific failure caused the fire? Did the generator simply overheat, did the electrical receptacle on the outside spark/arc or did the fumes simply get sucked into the intake and ignite all the vapour in the garage? Who knows. It shouldn’t have happened. But it should have been anticipated.
Human failure is just as common, if not more common, than mechanical failure. The old saying “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” couldn’t be more true.
I got a call this morning at 5:45 to check out a conductivity transmitter that was giving a flat-line signal. I am relieved of duty at 6:00, so I continued putting my tools away and informed Bill of the issue so he could address it during his 12 hour shift. I returned to work this evening, relieved Bill and immediately logged on to the system to check the signal from that transmitter. Still flat-lined. Unsurprisingly, instead of doing his job, he did nothing for 12 hours. So I went and fixed the problem. This is perfectly normal and I don’t usually pass things on to the next tech. I typically stay over and fix it myself, because otherwise I will be working on it when I come back.
While it’s pessimistic view to hold, I assume everyone around me is incompetent and unreliable until they prove otherwise. When I assign someone a task, I do so fully expecting to have to help them or do it myself eventually. On the bright side, I’m rarely disappointed. I’ve learned not to let the failure of others bother me. I factor it in from the beginning.
Take women, for example. You meet a girl, hit it off and exchange numbers. You end up arranging a date later, she’s supposed to meet you somewhere at 8. Do you clear your schedule for the night and head to the date with total confidence of everything going as planned? No, you have a fallback plan to meet up with some friends at the bar and assume this bitch is going to flake on you. Classic example of human failure, and one most Manosphere readers should be familiar with.
By anticipating and planning for failure, both mechanical and human, you can make your life much less frustrating and greatly reduce your stress levels. When you expect the unexpected, it doesn’t throw you for a loop or ruin your day. You’re already planned for this, you’re equipped to handle it and get right back on track. Anything bad that can happen, will happen. See it coming and don’t let it screw up your equilibrium.
Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Production