Leave the heroics to the actual heroes

“No need to thank me, it’s what I do.” – Captain Adorable, Gigglebiz

There are jobs out there that require genuine heroics on a daily basis. Most of us don’t have them.

Working weekends, burning the midnight oil, churning out stuff to appease a deadline: these things are not heroics.

Firefighting has been taken on as a term to mean flailing around, holding excitable meetings or conference calls, and scrawling hieroglyphics on whiteboards. A little of this is okay, maybe even useful. As a way of living or working day to day it is disruptive and potentially addictive.

Firefighting and heroics have their place. If they are what you want to do, then that’s fine, you’ll probably get better at them. Just don’t expect to produce anything useful at the same time.