So a question I like to ask myself:
Could one single thing screw up everything I’m doing?
If a key part fell through… if a plan didn’t work… if the modem at my office crashed: would that mess with everything?
Right now, I’m dealing with Day 5 of an unexpected internet outage at home. It crashed, and the internet company sent a guy, and he kinda fixed it, and then it crashed again 24 hours later.
Of course, I’m still writing this — because after years of watching the internet crash at inopportune times, I wisened up and bought a backup 4G card.
What I’m saying is this: Plans go to shit rather quickly. And if one little cog in the machine can cause everything to stop functioning, that’s a dangerous thing. Having a backup plan really matters when you’re doing the work.
There’s no excuse for being caught off-guard by a small failure. Have a plan, and then know what happens when that plan goes bad.