So it’s after 1AM as I pen this blog post (it sounds romantic, but it’s not; nor am I using a pen).
It’s a funny thing since Jeremy was egging me on this week about writing more blog posts.
I don’t think this is what he meant by it though. LOL
You see, this morning started out like any other morning. Coffee, an egg, and the usual scroll through Instagram. It’s when I was all ready for the day and booted up my computer that things got… scary.
A Very Bad Thing
If you ever boot-up your computer, ready to tackle the day at your desk, and it starts with a warning like, “No bootable devices…”, you know the day has taken an ugly turn.
When your primary hard drive, aka: “C Drive,” is not seen in your bios, it is very bad.
Do you see the very bad?
It’s very bad.
What I Learned Today
Here are three things I learned today, that I’ll share with you and you can think about now because you’re not going to pull up this post and give it a quick read when you’re in the heat of a tech crisis.
1. Don’t Panic
Several years ago I probably would have had more panic and frustration. So I not only learned that I’ve mellowed out over the years, but also that these “very bad” things are much easier to handle if you’re not freaking out. Don’t. Panic. Take a deep breath and dig in. You’ll do great. 😉
2. Less Stress Is Good
I also learned that my new job (more about that on my personal channels soon) is very understanding about technology failing. It was one less stress I had today. I was missing work, another added stress and the fact that they weren’t breathing down my neck about it was awesome. So if you’re a pastor, leader, manager, whatever, you are a key ingredient in extending some calmness into a situation that’s already stressful enough.
3. Know People
This is one of those things you need to establish before…I kind of have a theme going it would seem, so please bear with me…before very bad things happen to your tech. My brother is a top-notch, class-a whiz at computer hardware and all things computer related. He was able to help me test, troubleshoot, and then purchase parts for a new computer build. As I think about other very bad tech things that can happen, I can think of other people I can reach out to for help. If you don’t know these kinds of people, maybe you should start looking?
I made it out alive.
This isn’t my first tech rodeo, nor was it anywhere near my most intense or stressful very bad tech crisis. But it was another mark in my win column. With the help of my wife, kids, brother, friends, co-workers, and boss…I made it through the day, executed a solution, gained some lost ground, and delivered this
very bad blog post.