Prevention – VS – Cure
18 Mar 2015
While many people are proactive and choose to make the first move rather than the last, others find it easier to cure a problem rather than prevent it from occurring in the first place. However, the importance of being preventive and proactive has been often stressed upon for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, being proactive allows you to make the first move. It thus give you the power over others in competition and thus allows you an edge over them. You are now in a superior position to call the shots and even have leverage to make a few mistakes here and there.
Moreover, being preventive means more research. It makes you look into possible problems and loop holes that could hinder your business, and thus gives you wider insight into any situation at hand. Not only do you gain more information as a result but also get the competitive advantage of being able to plan and act instead of having to defend and react.
Curative measures should only be taken as a last resort. Being curative is not a way to act but instead is a way to react to something you have no control over. However, when you can control a situation and be a leader, why would you want to be a follower?
Additionally, In many cases by the time a manager realizes there is a problem at hand and attempts to cure it, it is already too late. A wiser approach towards any situation would thus be to be fast and quicker than the others and make the first move. This will leave competition in a fix and automatically help you go way ahead of them.
Similarly, when talking about any walk of life, what is easier, avoiding a problem, or going into it and the trying to find a solution? Obviously, the former. In the corporate world however, being preventive is vital since it business is all about responding to the market better and faster than competitors and survival of the fittest. Leaders develop a strong position for themselves in the industry and no one can challenge or threaten them without having a strong backing.
As a result, in any walk of life, it is always better to be the one to act rather than react. To take the first step first and let others follow. After all, in any race, we all remember the one that came first, not the ones who followed or came last.
It is only in a very few situations that someone might want to wait to see what others do before actually doing anything themselves, because sometimes you need to see the overall industry trend and react to them instead of going off on your own and leaving the others behind.
In a nutshell, as a general rule, being preventive would always be the best call, but this may differ depending on certain situations and walks of life.