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Bacon on Patience

Bacon on Patience

For over two months, 33 miners in Chile have remained trapped well below the surface of the earth. Incredibly, it has been possible to communicate with the miners, as well as provide them food and drink. More incredibly, as a result of an expertly engineered steel rescue capsule, the miners are now being lifted to safety. Though danger still lurks for those miners still underground, this story has given the entire world something to celebrate at a time when all news seems bleak.

 Think of the patience the miners, their families, the rescuers, and the expert engineers have demonstrated — the kind of patience that could absolutely transform any business or workplace. A quote from Sir Francis Bacon, 16th-17th century English philosopher, lawyer, author and scientist (whose contributions to a new methodology for investigating all things natural just could have played a part in the miners’ rescue) describes patience uniquely.

“If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and we are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.”

  1. John:

    I have been wondering all morning if you would do a post on the miners and relate it to the workplace. The amount of cooperation and good management for such a large scale task while so many people are counting on them, and watching them, is amazing. They have demonstrated perseverance, optimism, and yes, patience.

    We could ALL learn alot from them.


  2. Thanks, Nae. This story deserves at least another post, which I plan to do. Our son is getting married in 3 days, so my blog has taken a back seat for the time being. You’re right, though, there are a lot of employment/workplaces lessons that can be learned and could probably fill up a blog for several days.

    Thanks again.


  3. ACU Frank says:

    I wonder if OSHA has been paying attention to the Chilean response.

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