Proactive Vs. Reactive: The Day The Computer Died
You have two choices, my friends.
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Let’s Bring You Up To Speed
This week the 🏎 F1 is returning to Melbourne 🏎 after three years. I don’t count the start of the pandemic and the attempted race in 2020, by the way.
But I was one of the many on my way to the track when the race got cancelled. Finding out on Twitter when you're standing on a packed train sucked.
I knew something was happening to the world, yet like everyone else, I didn’t know how bad what was about to happen. Missing this event was nothing compared to what we're still enduring.
Yet, I’m so excited to be returning to the race and some sort of normalcy this weekend. I’m not holding my breath this normalcy will continue. But I will take what I can get right now.
RIP My Computer
Compared to the pandemic, here’s something we can predict with almost 100% certainty. Our tech is going to die. And guaranteed, hands down, it will be at the most inconvenient time possible.
It is always when you’re in the middle of the most important project of your life. Or when you need it more than ever. Or when you don’t have the money to fund a new one but you’ve just paid off your credit card so you technically have the means to buy it.
But putting the new tech on your credit card puts you back into the red.
Yep, it's always then.
My computer has been running slow for a while.
It’s a Macbook Air, my first computer from the Apple family. It took me a while to learn the differences but when writing and publishing content, it more than does the job.
But lately, it has started to drag. It takes ages to load websites, open apps, and make changes to documents and spreadsheets.
You know - the basics.
It’s not like I’m programming the next great app or Twitch streaming whilst game playing. I guess you could say I’m not abusing the computer by pushing the device to its limits.
I thought my Mac was only four years old, too. A little early for the grave.
When my husband asked me about my ailing computer and how long it should last, I thought it should survive at least 5 years. And being only four, well, I wasn't even at the declining stage yet.
I thought this demanded a dreaded trip to the Apple store and a tense conversation with one of their reps about why the computer isn’t lasting.
Thank god for wiser heads, because I checked how old it was before making the appointment.
Yeah, it’s 7 years old.
No wonder it's running like a car with no engine.
Everything was adding up at this point. The damn computer has to go. And I need a new one. Even though it’s still running and technically it continues to work, the computer is due for retirement.
In case you don't know Phil, he is the guy who co-founded Nike. I think he knows a few things about getting somewhere with business.
Even if I don’t always agree with the method, sometimes you have to get aggressive to get somewhere. Not mean, not acting like an asshole, not stomping on people for the sake of it.
The Winning Approach To Save This Situation
There are two approaches to business. Those who make it in business know which of these approaches is a win, and which one is a fail. And with this knowledge, they make smart decisions.
Here they are.
When you’re trying to make money, you can be proactive or reactive.
In my opinion, being reactive is a dangerous place to be in. You’re always chasing your tail, you’re always trying to clean up a mess or keep up with someone/something/an idea you’re not in control of.
Being reactive means you’re not leading, you’re following.
Being a reactive business owner also means you’re not being an innovator nor are you even forecasting what might happen. If you can’t see what might happen in business, I worry for you. You aren't carving your path.
What’s worse than not being able to see what’s going to happen? Seeing what will happen and being too lazy, complacent or arrogant to do anything about it.
So it’s proactivity for the win.
It's about doing things for your business before you need to before the situation becomes dire and before it becomes an emergency.
I’m proud to say I’m being proactive about my tech situation and the new computer is here.
I had to exercise such proactivity because the alternative was far worse for me. My entire business is on my computer. That's all I have. Without it, I’m screwed until I can get my hands on another one.
I’m sure it would have been far more entertaining if I had let my computer die, by the way.
The saga and the drama would have made for a great story and an even bigger laugh at my expense. But I wouldn’t have been able to share it with you. No computer, right?
It’s ok. This weekend I will do something stupid at the Grand Prix to make up for it.
You have to balance the smart with the reckless, right?!
Proactive v. Reactive: Have your say
Tell me about the times when you learned the difference between these being proactive in business and reactive, in good or bad situations.
Always Leave On A Song
Considering we’ve been talking about spending money we don’t have, I thought this only fitting. Enjoy 🤩
You’ve freakin’ got this!
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