Always bring a pencil to class.
Take an umbrella.
Do your research.
BE PREPARED (bee-pri-paird) verb a command, threat or warning. Disobey at your own peril.
But imagine for a moment…
You forget your pencil.
You get caught in a downpour without your umbrella.
You go to the movie without reading a single review.
You get to write with a fat shiny marker.
You pretend you’re the star of Singin’ in the Rain.
You howl at a scene the critics found “utterly derivative.”
What if the best moments of the trip aren’t the ones you scheduled and mapped out and underlined in the 5 different guide books — but, instead, the afternoon you got completely lost and ended up in a roadside tavern with the local celebrity brewmaster?
What if the breakthrough idea comes not in the meeting where you brought your giant binder, but in the impromptu gathering in the hallway?
What if all the tried-and-true, never-fail strategies you’ve always relied on proved not to work in this case, and it’s time to ditch all the rules?
What if not knowing “how it’s done” is your best weapon for doing it better?
Easy Does It
Don’t go all “if it’s meant to be” on me. This isn’t about leaving everything to chance and it’s not about being unprepared.
It’s about being brave enough to not over prepare.
Gutsy enough to leave room for discovery, instead of walking in armed with certainty.
Courageous enough to say “I know this is the answer — and I have nothing but my gut to back it up.”
Maybe that rock solid wall of preparation has been keeping the revolutionary ideas at bay, like a blinking No Vacancy sign.
Open the door.
Go in with an outsider’s perspective, with the wide-eyed naivete of a novice.
The next time you think, “I should be more prepared,” stop there.
You’re plenty prepared.
And if you get caught in the rain, dance your way through it.