Sometimes I’m appalled by my own narrow-minded thinking. As I began to research Bonfire Night, I started, like most, with Google. I discovered Bonfire Night is a night for fireworks and Guy Fawkes!  I love things that explode and V for Vendetta, but hold on, we already celebrated the 4th of July and I can wear a mask any day. When did we get the second fireworks holiday? I’m embarrassed. I work for an incredible company whose owners are from England. Of course, we would celebrate English holidays! If you are like me and do not know anything beyond “Remember, Remember the 5th of November…”, Bonfire Night is a holiday in which England celebrates the thwarting of Guy Fawkes and his associates’ attempt to assassinate King James and the whole House of Lords on November 5, 1605.

As with many conflicts, religious tensions between the Catholics and Protestants were at the core of this conspiracy against King James. Guy Fawkes, a Catholic, was found lurking in a cellar underneath the House of Lords.  Upon his capture by King James’ men, bonfires were lit throughout London in celebration of the foiled plot. It is a nice story, is it not? However, one item causes me to chuckle; the Protestants had been tipped off and the Catholics were aware they were tipped off! Despite the glaring reason to not move forward with their plan, this group of conspirators were full steam ahead, ultimately to their demise. I was quickly reminded of General Custer, ignoring his superior’s orders in the face of incredible, no insane odds, riding against the Sioux in the battle of Little Bighorn, June 26, 1876, here in America.

At netlogx, I am encouraged to fail fast. I am encouraged to grow. In my short time, I have appreciated my team’s ability to make adjustments and pivot me to better solutions. I make mistakes, daily, but I also improve daily. When I employ my company’s Operating Principles of Empowerment, Initiative, and Accountability I do not end up in critical fail situations like Guy Fawkes or General Custer. Rather, I find myself overcoming much simpler obstacles that lead to a greater long-term success.

To growing daily,

Tim Barnes

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