I really cannot believe I am writing an article on predictability. In my early teen years growing up all the way into my early thirties I despised predictability. When I had to sit through a class with an instructor who was completely predictable, I would dread the class entirely. Choosing a restaurant I would value choices which offered new menu options on a frequent basis. Going to church, I would find myself falling asleep if the preacher was predictable in their preaching. Working a job where my day-to-day was slow and predictable drove me to horrible places. So for the longest time I detested predictability in so many ways.
Some of the things I love dearly today all stem from my fear or severe dislike of predictability. I highly value learning and education. I run to audiobooks and podcasts like you would not believe. I love the variety and excitement that comes from listening to a good book. The thrill of listening to my favorite podcast would make some people laugh. Sitting in a class with an instructor which is both engaging and exciting is an experience like nothing else.
I love to create. There is something uniquely rewarding when it comes to creating something from nothing. Sitting down to code and getting up with an application now on my mobile device. Grabbing a good sketchbook to draw randomly placed items in front of you. Opening your laptop and typing away at the keyboard only to look up to a new article on my blog.
Nothing is good enough. Sometimes I wonder if others think such things when they hear I am working on improving the way our team performs a certain process. There is something gratifying about sitting down to improve upon the way something is done. Looking at a scenario and asking questions. Analyzing the goal and comparing the outcome to the original intent of something. All in search of making something which is mediocre into something which is excellent.
Each of these things I love so much. Learning, creating, improvement are all things I deeply value. Even though I love these things because they go the opposite direction of predictability, I believe there is tremendous value in certain things being undeniably predictable. From going to the dentist to your mail carrier delivering your mail to your car’s performance, there is value in predictability. I believe we often demonize predictability much like I did growing up, but I wanted to stop and take a moment to recognize the value of predictability.