We have all been through a difficult year, with all of the struggles with the worldwide pandemic, the economic damage, the challenges of working remotely, sketchy job security, the civil unrest and many other worries. It has been an historic year of climbing uphill and sometimes falling downhill.  Certainly, to have so many problems arise and still see ourselves making progress and thinking about the future is an amazing thing. It is a testament to the resilience and determination of of all of us, together. As divided and overwhelmed as we may be with the issues at hand, we still manage to fix things, invent things, grow things, build things and drive change every day. 

I woke up earlier than usual today, and that is hard to do, as most of my closest friends know that I am usually up and working by 4:30am. My mind was on this post, and my usual list of ideas and planned work for the day. You know, it is November, and it would be easy to chalk up 2020 as a lost cause and just coast across the finish line to 2021, and the shiny new year. Let’s not do that! We have 2 months left of this broken, burned up, screwed up, angry, sad, painful, sick year. This is a great time to speed up, not slow down, and do something great as we sprint across the finish line. There is much to be done, and so much good can come of it. 

In recent weeks, Failure Prevention Associates has seen an exciting resurgence in great companies doing exactly as I have suggested. They are picking themselves up, choosing to work on reliability projects, dig into chronic machinery failures, attending training and moving the bar, against the odds. I can tell you that ALL OF THIS is possible NOW, even if you cannot travel or bring people or resources onto your site due to any of the many reasons that exist. 

I encourage you to think about about WHAT COULD BE as we slap 2020 in the mouth as we go through the exit to new, hopeful 2021. That is what I am going to do, and I invite you to join me. Drop me a note at dkrings@failureprevention.com any time to share your ideas, send me a question, vent a bit or just to share your latest victory. I am truly interested. We are, after all, in this together. Have a good week.

Dave Krings