Success Tip: Take Action – Ask For Forgiveness Later

August 15, 2014

My son, Brian, recently graduated from college and moved about four hours away to start his career in Supply Chain with a great company.  He called me (well, actually text me) “Hey Mom, what is that saying about it’s better to be quick and good than slow and great?”  I had to think a minute but then it hit me!  When I worked in public accounting for one of the large firms, we used to say:

It’s better to take action and ask for forgiveness later than to ask for permission first.  

This philosophy sure applied in public accounting and in a large multinational company where I also used to work.  When there are so many levels of management, you can lose your enthusiasm or gumption for any action by the time you get the approval of all the powers to be.  Now, I’m not talking about anything illegal or crazy but something that you feel would be a good move for you or for the organization.

Here is why I support this:

  1. There is courage and confidence in taking action without fretting over the consequences.  People love confidence and appreciate it in others.
  2. Often, time is of the essence and you have to think and act quickly.
  3. Just because someone doesn’t agree with your action doesn’t make it a bad idea or choice.  You will need to follow your gut on that one.
  4. You will be viewed as a leader since leaders pave the way for others.

What action can you take now that you thought you needed permission for?  Go for it!  I did tell Brian that he should never tell his future kids this when they are little.

My Best, Always,


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