Sunday, July 26, 2015

When Preparation isn't enough

I looked more into the ship used by Shackleton, the Endurance, and what I found was surprising. The vessel was purpose built specifically for arctic exploration and was designed to be basically unsinkable, much like the titanic was around that same time. It was possibly the strongest wooden ship ever designed and built, one which had every detail worked out in order to survive whatever was thrown at it. The ship had one Achilles heal which was the haul shape.It was flat and could become jammed between the ice without the ability to escape, which ultimately lead to its demise. The point I am making is that you can prepare all you want for some things in life and pay extreme attention to all the small details, but never forget to look at the big picture. I personally am very precise with things and like to pay attention to small details, and as time goes on I am realizing while attention to detail is important, it can't be the only focus. Always try your best for things to go exactly how you want them, but always prepare for when they don't. Shackleton and his crew had what was possibly the best ship on earth at that time for their journey and it still went horribly wrong, which really proves the point I am trying to make.

1 comment:

  1. I really agree with your post. Preparation can only go so far. Sometimes you have to be ready to improvise and make a life or death decision in an instant.