As a boy in The Bronx, New York, I remember walking to school with my friends and having drilled into us to cross the street when needed to, “Stop, look both ways, then cross.” We learned how to approach it safely and never were hurt (although I do remember a time where I was sloppy and a driver stopped in time).
Warnings don’t exist to keep us stopped in place. They are there to make us pause before taking action.
The action may be to reverse course.
The action may be to advance with caution.
Rarely are warnings there to keep us in that spot.
So, it is true in professional environments that firms develop policies with warnings in them to keep you from doing things.
They want you to do something else.
Just like it was when I was learning to cross the street, you need to stop look both ways for your options and then act.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
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