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Ready, Aim, ???

Ready, Aim, Fire

Ready, Fire, Aim

Ready, Aim, (nothing)

Which one are you?

I know people in each of these categories (that I just made up) – I’m sure you do as well. So let me explain…

Ready, Aim, Fire

I’d say this is your average person, as this is the most common saying. This person typically will mentally be ready for whatever is they are going to do, do an average amount of analysis (aim), then pull the trigger (fire) and do whatever that thing is – work, family, life, etc.


Ready, Fire, Aim

These folks generally prepare to do something, pull the trigger on gut instinct, and then think about it later. An interesting approach depending on if the “thing” they are doing is work, family, etc. I guess the hope in this approach is that their gut instinct is more right than it is wrong and that the benefit of acting quickly outweighs the risk of a limited amount of thought.


Ready, Aim, (nothing)

This gang is really, really good at doing a lot of thinking, a lot of analyzing, and ultimately never do anything (load the gun, point it, never pull the trigger). Generally risk averse, which may sometimes save their butts, but I’d guess also cause them to miss many opportunities.


So here’s the deal. I’m not judging anybody here. I’m pointing out these different personality types (yes, there are other variations) for a couple reasons:

  1. I think it’s really helpful to understand (and admit) which one of these you are and if you are teaming up with anyone for any reason, it’s helpful to know what they are going into it. If you are both “Ready, Fire, Aim” (quick to the draw), that might be risky.
  2. I also think that nobody is one of these 100% of the time. Sometimes you need to pull the trigger quickly, sometimes additional analysis is needed depending on the situation. Optimally you can adjust. If you are stuck in any one of these, that might not be good.

I think I should create a personality test for this. Think of the possibilities!

  • Charge money for each person to take the test
  • I’ll send you some official-looking very long reports with all sorts of graphs and stuff that I will have someone write
  • I could make up some team analysis and recommendations
  • Speak at corporate events ($10K a pop)
  • Convince the government that this is critical testing for our armed forces and get some massive funding for that.

You heard it here first – don’t steal my idea!!