Our Man in the Field:

Knowing your limits in the world of security systems implementation

I am, however, a bit sad that we had to come around the full circle after so much lost time and costs. I should not have caved in the first place. My client should not have caved and allowed me to become overburdened. We both stand in the same puddle.

In an industry where I am continuously screaming for professionalism, and so critical of the slack and slop that I see, I suddenly found myself looking into a mirror. I fell into the same trap that many companies do, big and small. The same trap that I have been critical of these past 30 years. Christmas was coming and the cash looked good. Now, the teacher side of me says that to avoid being a hypocrite, I must use this firsthand experience as a lesson plan for all others around me, as well as those ahead of me and those following close behind. This trait of self admission is, after all, what made me famous in the first place. The ability to publicly stand up and say, look here at what I have done wrong and learn from it what you can.

My lesson and warning for all today is simple: Beware the idle and formidable power of pride and ego. That's a lesson that I have learned more than once in my life. The last time almost cost me my farm. Leave pride and ego behind whenever you venture beyond your own front door. Do not let your pride hang onto false images of grandeur and do not let your ego hide the truth in those images. It is not a crime to admit that you do not know or cannot handle something, as an individual, as a professional, or as a company. Actually it is an obligation of professionalism. It is a slap, however that will come back and hit you hard, to cave in to your pride and ego when you should have just said "No!" Keep that as your motto in the new year!