Everyone Should Have Firefighter Mentality

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Australia, being the most arid country in the world is known for its bushfires. The part of Australia where I live in doesn’t have many bushfires, but we do have several building fires, like any other part of the world.

Firefighter is one occupation which many kids want to be when they grow up. Kids are inspired by the shiny, clean, smart outwardly appearances of the firefighter crews passing majestically with sirens ringing in their immaculately clean trucks.

While volunteering for one of the fire stations in my suburb on a quiet day, I found those firefighters doing nothing but polishing their trucks, cleaning their stuff, making sure everything is in optimal order, and waiting for the emergency on their toes.

No matter what field you are in, what profession you are following; No matter on which step of corporate ladder you are; If you are a full time employee, a contractor, or a business owner, it is a fact that there are ample quiet times. Small chunks of hushed, still periods during each workday.

Those still moments are the “firefighter” time. Don’t let that time go to waste. Clean your desk and your tools. Polish your skills, and think about yourself and your career. Identify your areas for improvement, and grow your network. Read, write, or help out others.

In other words, get ready for that fire.

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I am in love with Oracle blogging since 2007. The blogging coupled with extensive participation in Oracle forums, plus Oracle related speaking engagements, various Oracle certifications, teaching, and working in the trenches with Oracle technologies enabled me to get Oracle ACE award. I was the first ever Pakistani to get that award. From Oracle Open World SF to Foresight 20:20 Perth, I have been expressing my love for Exadata. These days for the last some years, I am loving the data at Pythian, and proudly writing their log buffer carnivals.

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