What Confucius, Benjamin Franklin, and Aristotle Can Teach IT Pros About Disaster Recovery

Confucius says preparation is vital to success.IT professionals all over the world read trade magazine, watch YouTube videos, or even attend talks from experts to learn about disaster recovery. There is no doubt that these IT pros will get tons of useful information from these sources. However, with much of what is talked about in the IT world, often it seems that some fundamental and vital lessons are left out.


What Can Confucius, Ben Franklin, and Aristotle Teach You About Disaster Recovery?

To help us learn, or possibly reinforce a couple very important lessons, we are going to call upon three famous thinkers from world history...Confucius, Benjamin Franklin, and Aristotle. No, these three people were not wizards of modern technology (obviously).  So what could they possibly know about helping IT pros with disaster recovery?

In the IT world people often focus on the T. It's all about the technology and the application of the technology. That is fine. After all, the technology is interesting and cool.



Aristotle - excellence is a habitDisaster recovery is a special kind of beast.

It's a beast that will jump up to bite you when you least expect it.

After all, predicting the precise moment a disaster will strike isn't going to happen. If you possess this type of predictive power,  stop reading this immediately and call me. I have a few investment questions I'd like to ask you.

For the rest of us, we just don't know when these unfortunate events will jump up and bite us. Therefore, before any talk of technology, the application of technology, or allocation of the technology - this is something much more important to cover.



The Commitment to Preparation

This is a commitment to a mind set. Yes. It seems simple, but it needs to be covered. Want proof? Look at the world of personal finance.  People read all kinds of books, watch videos, and attend classes to master personal finance and become more financially healthy. How many actually do anything about it?

Disaster recovery is like personal finance. No matter how much you know, the important thing is the commitment to prepare, then create the right habits. And like I said, it's not just me talking.



What Confucius, Ben Franklin, and Aristotle Said

Look at our friend Confucius.

"Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure" - Confucius

Not enough for you?

Benjamin Franklin agreed with Confucius.

Benjamin Franklin - Failing to prepare = preparing to fail. "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

Classic stuff? Simple, right?  Well, why do so many people get caught off unprepared when disasters strike?

It's because people don't stick to the fundamentals before concerning themselves with the more intricate aspects and specifics tactics of disaster recovery.

preparation + proper habits = good disaster recovery.

So, take what Confucius and Ben Franklin said and add this gem of wisdom from Aristotle.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle



The Takeaway

There you have it. Three renowned thinkers in world history have spoken. Do you think you are smarter than these guys? The lessons are tried and true. They are time tested and rock solid. So,  when it comes to disaster recovery, just remember to start with these lessons.