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Hanging Back or Forging Ahead


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A most meaningful yet unique quotation came across my desk.  It is by John Chancellor, the American Journalist who spent the vast amount of his career with NBC News.  Attempts have been made to find the source or the reason for John to say, “The avenues in my neighborhood are Pride, Covetousness, and Lust; the cross streets are Anger, Gluttony, Envy, and Sloth.  I live over on Sloth, and the style on our street is to avoid the other thoroughfares.”

A career in healthcare and biomedical sales, one sees a lot; some gross mistakes with and without remorse, excellent records of employment performance, and then those whose records are clean, that is, there is nothing there.  The one whose record has nothing to show is the one that actually stands out.  “Nothing to show” means nothing much has been done.  It causes one to ponder; which individual has led the better life or is it a dead heat?

Being called to an emergency event in a hospital often called a code blue, is an intense time for a healthcare professional.  It is a matter of life and death saving a person from a drug overdose or cardiac arrest.  It is always disturbing seeing a young adult pass away.   It is a joyful and rewarding experience saving one’s life.

Witnessing one mending the errors, correcting mistakes, and walking down the right path, albeit a challenging one, is always a beautiful story to watch and see the success unfold.

Many careers teach the importance of acts of commission as well as acts of omission.  Acts of the commission are easily recognized, someone did something.  But acts of omission may be harder to detect, for the simple fact, nothing is done.  So many times it is doing nothing that leads to lives of regret.

Nothing is more disturbing to a leader than to see a colleague who has done nothing.  Living a life sitting in the bleacher seats and never being on the playing field is one who misses out on life and the opportunities for a successful career.  More importantly, what potential benefits to society, the employer, his or her family, and his or herself is the “bleacher bum” holding back if he or she would take action?

It is said in so many ways; it is better to risk and do something wrong than to sit our lives and do nothing.  It is better to forge ahead than hang back.