Driving Me Crazy: Experience causing unnecessary fear and doubt

Seasoned managers and employees can be overly cautious when developing or proposing a project, worrying about minuet details as if they were life or death situations. These "Gurus" sometimes develop theories about how situations should be handled, based on shallow (meaning one or two experiences) or negative experiences. The problem is they don't gauge the severity of the negative effects and the probability of it occurring.

This short and possibly familiar scenario, in a way, demonstrates the above concept.

Driving Me Crazy 

(Grandma and grandson are driving down a wide open road on their way to the granddaughter's ballet recital)

Grandson: Grandma... We're on an open road. Why are you driving so slow?

Grandma: Better safe than sorry

Grandson: Sorry for what?

Grandma: I don't want to get into an accident

Grandson: Ugh! We'll be fine Grandma
Grandma: You kids are never cautious

(The car pulls up to an intersection with a stop sign)

Grandson: Grandma! You can go now
Grandma: I'm waiting for that car

Grandson: It's not even close to us
Grandma: Better safe then sorry

Grandson: We've got to get to the recital before it starts
Grandma: Oh! We won't get there if we're dead


Grandson: GO! GO! GO!

Grandma: I once hit a car because they rushed to pull out

Grandson: I doubt the car that you hit was this far back. You've got enough time to go
Grandma: Oh, don't worry about it

(Other car passes and they turn right onto the next road)

Grandma: See... We're ok. It wasn't worth the risk

Grandson: Grandma, I love ya, but you're driving me crazy


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