What One Important Thing?

If you could go back 5, 10, or 20 years in your fire service career, what’s the one important thing you would tell yourself?

I believe the one thing that really counts is, “knowing that everyone is watching.” Throughout our careers, beginning on day one, everyone is watching what we do; why we’re here and how we handle ourselves in tough situations. Our actions influence whether other people will follow us, or avoid us. The greatest compliment we can receive is for someone to tell us, “I was watching you, and because of you I am here.”

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  1. You can learn something from everyone. Things you will want to do and things you don’t want to do. One of the biggest nuggets I was given was by a fellow recruit who’s dad was a firefighter. He said just do 10% more than everyone else and you will look like a hero.