“The minute you have a back-up plan, you’ve admitted you’re not going to succeed.” – Elizabeth Holmes

I sometimes scroll down on LinkedIn and it always turns out to be the stupidest idea ever. And yet I continuously find myself scrolling down to see the latest updates, even though I know it’s stupid. Kind of like the times your throat is soar, yet you cannot help but swallow endlessly, even though it burns like hell.

The reason I say this is because, on this loveable social network that should be used to post relevant jobs to one’s career, you’ll find a host of stupid math problems, silly job titles and my favorite, a whole host of retarded quotes.

Today’s entry in this section you can see in the title. Worth noting is that Elizabeth Holmes is CEO of Theranos, some blood test company from Palo Alto.

While the attitude of “never say die” and “failure is not an option” is good when doing business, back-up plans are GOOD. I know people like to believe that if you have this mentality nothing can go wrong and you’re basically Gandalf the White, but stuff will go wrong eventually. And I think being prepared for such scenarios is so much better than plastering this quote on your company walls and thinking “Well, that’s fixed everything!”.

Let’s stop for a moment and think about what would happen if every other company took this advice too literally. Car companies would be like “well, no need for airbags, I mean, we can trust that our customers won’t have accidents, right? I mean, who needs safety measures, let’s just instill the right mentality in them and let them loose on the street”. No more need for road signs as well, since the local politicians and administrative people can very well say that “well, everyone knows the necessary actions, rules and regulations, no need to remind them or anything”.

Also, no more need for savings, right? I mean, you are going to have this job and steady monthly pay forever, correct? So go all out, spend it all on everything and anything you can think of. No need for savings, let’s all go out for a shopping spree!

A more relatable example for developers would be to not treat any exceptions in their program and just trust that the users will use your apps in an orderly manner, with no possible repercussions to information security and or usability…we don’t want to admit that we have failed, do we?

So yeah, when it comes down to having backup plans, regardless of what CEOs or celebrities might tell you, having a parachute when jumping out of a flying plane is much better than jumping out hoping you will figure out a way to not land head-first into the ground.


3 thoughts on ““The minute you have a back-up plan, you’ve admitted you’re not going to succeed.” – Elizabeth Holmes

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