Get Ready

If you’re going to be a leader when lives depend on it, you should “get ready.” I talk to a lot of new fire leaders, and I tell them, “You’re going to be tested soon, so get ready!” When you find yourself in the middle of a serious situation, you’re going to lose 25% of your confidence to nerves. So you better be overqualified. You better have practiced before the real event. Develop an appetite for chaos, because its either going to defeat you or it will teach you. Get ready.