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Aha-moments require foresight

Written by: Bill Sherman on Tuesday, 27 June 2006, 4:08 PM

This past week, I visited my parents, who live in Las Vegas. As we were driving around town, my father pointed out an interesting pattern. At almost every gas station, there were plain, plywood sheds marked “Fireworks” within twenty feet of the fuel pumps.

These sheds weren’t blast-proof structures. You could make a quick run to your local hardware store, purchase a few sheets of plywood and a few two-by-fours and then screw them together. In some cases, the “Fireworks” had been quickly written by someone with a can of spray paint.

Nevada has a deep tradition of lasseiz-faire business regulation, but in this case any of those fireworks sheds could be one stray cigarette from an explosion next to fuel pumps. If something were to happen (and I really hope it never does), then many people will get upset and angry and ask “why did we allow this to happen?”

Aha-moments have their greatest value when they’re insights before you need them.

So, look through your professional life and your personal life. Do you, metaphorically, have any fireworks sheds next to fuel pumps in your life? If so, what can you do to reduce the risk?

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