Rule #9: Be Prepared

As already mentioned Rule #9 is the whole point of the life code. I see my primary purpose in fatherhood, mentoring, and Christian walk to be teaching. To be ready and able to teach in season and out of season. If I was asked by a random friend "can you preach tonight?" The answer is now yes. Because i have 40 plus sermons ready to go at any given moment. If I'm asked to speak to leaders, no problem I have a lesson for that. If I'm asked to teach a Childrens' lesson. No problem I got that too. Not because I'm a scholar or a pastor, but because i prepared a code of life that overflows into everything.

Getting down to the rule itself though are some of my favorite principles to teach. As a pessimist I'm constantly getting those, why do you have to rain on my party, looks. People don't seem to understand the value of one who critically analysis an idea and find all the problems in them. Primarily because they think I'm saying it's a bad idea. I'm not. I usually even sandwich my feedback: "that's awesome but you will need to find a way to deal with..." Or "I'm not sure that is viable but if you tweak this small piece you'll have the same effect at much less cost." It doesn't matter how nice i am too many people just want the yes man to agree with them and then get thrown under the bus after the inevitable failure. I almost named this rule "Murphy's law is only true for the unprepared." I love Murphy's law. Simply stated it is "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong" like me it gets a bad wrap of being a pessimistic view of life. But its actually a valuable reminder. It says be prepared for any contingency. It doesn't say that when something goes wrong you cant fix it. The best part is when you prepare for contingencies the act of preparing often stops the contingency from happening. Not by some law of nature or cruel fate but because you acknowledged the potential problem and closed any wholes that would lead to it. 

Murphy's law has a mathematical formula, several dozen actually. They are each a little different but simply showing the variables is enough for our purposes. In general something is more likely to go wrong if...

  • The person performing the task is less experienced. This is often considered the most weighty factor
  • the task is more complicated. Building a jet engine is more likely to fail than making a peanut butter and jelly 
  • The number of times the task is performed is increased. Building 1 car with a dedicated group of engineers is easy compared to building thousands without constant professional supervision. 
  • Less time is available. Rushing a job results in more failures. 
  • The job is more important. Pressure and stress also increase the chances of mistakes

So the lesson in these factors is: id one or more of these factors is prominent it is even more important to be prepared.