I received this quote from the Napoleon Hill foundation and I wanted to share it.
The world pins no medals on you because of what you know, but it may crown you with glory and riches for what you do.
Knowledge is an important component of success in any field. To accomplish anything worthwhile often requires years of study. But knowledge alone is not power; it becomes powerful only when it is applied through positive action. Study after study of successful people reveals that they have a bias for action. They gather the appropriate facts, relate them to their knowledge about the subject, develop an implementation plan, and then get into action. When in doubt, it’s far better to act too soon rather than too late.
I believe the key words here are “Positive Action“. Are you “bias for action”? Do you take action or wait for management to tell you to take action? How many times have you heard the phrase “Ask for forgiveness, not permission” in an IT environment? If a system is failing and we don’t take action, many people can be affected and millions of dollars could be at risk. Having the knowledge that a system or systems may be failing, software needs to be patched or updated and not taking action to get these items completed can be devastating.
Having the knowledge and taking Positive Action will alleviate down time and the costs associated with down time. This Positive Action can be disguised as “initiative”. Integrating scheduling time for patching, software updates and maintenance into processes so there are no severe down times that cost a lot of money are critical operating procedures. Communicating the relationship of downtime and loss of revenue for unscheduled outages needs to be emphasized to business partners so they are clear of the risks. We also can explain the value of “Positive Action” if we reduce down time and we show how our initiative will help the business.
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