It’s Not What You Know, It’s What You Believe

“To do original work: It’s not necessary to know something nobody else knows. It is necessary to believe something few other people believe.” – Marc Andreessen

Knowledge is depreciating quickly. Today’s iPhones access more knowledge than the largest libraries of even 10 years ago.

Given a 4G LTE connection you can access the latest research on finances, hazard controls, crane operation, weight loss, muscle gain, and the entire history of the Roman Empire. All from the convenience of your commuter train.

And yet those with smartphones go bankrupt, injure themselves in preventable mishaps, topple mobile cranes, gain undesirable weight, and insist on watching reality shows (seemingly finding it different than the bread and circuses of Rome).

It’s what you believe that matters. More than knowledge. More than training. More than any other thing.

Here are a few things I believe that few other people believe.

-The Air Force got it right when they created an enlisted corps of safety professionals.

-We honor that decision when we choose to challenge ourselves and each other with deliberate professional development. When we point to the horizon and say “There…there is where we are going.”

-EHS isn’t about “no”, but “yes, and here’s how.”

-Consensus is overvalued when the future depends on the impossible sounding idea.

What do you believe?


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