Let’s Make a Deal, starring Monty Hall, was a very popular daytime TV show in my childhood. Monty would find crazed contestants who would trade something trivial to get into the game, and then negotiate upward until they quit or they got a dud of a prize. Sort of like the One Red Paperclip story, only in minutes and on television.
Unfortunately, people sometimes play with safety in this way. Once they get hurt they change their pattern, but they gamble their way up to the point of injury by taking more chances with fewer protections. They get to know the rhythm of their machines, but they don’t know the failure pattern. They learn how to overcome a machine jam with the broomstick, they just aren’t able to predict the broomstick failing. Sometimes there is a new car behind door number three, but more often there is a washbucket and a sponge.
Do you choose from the doors hoping to get the right one, or do you collect as much information as you can, certain that you are making the safest choices you can? Because it is the right thing to do. Right for your family, right for your co-workers, and right for your future.
Let’s be careful out there.