I was surfing the internet the other day and came across the old TV show Dragnet with Jack Webb as Detective Joe Friday. For those of you that are a little younger than me, you may better remember the 1987 movie version with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks of the same name. Either way Joe Friday was known for his deadpan phrase “Just the facts Ma’am”. He said it in every show because the witnesses were so caught up in their emotions that the facts were being lost. This reminded me of what I friend of mine says “Act on what you know, not on what you feel; your mind will carry you, your emotions will fail you”. This is a good perspective to live by. I don’t know about you, but I have found that the times I acted on my feelings and allowed my emotions to be my guide were the times things just didn’t go well. When I took the time to gather the facts, I was the most successful.
We have seen this played out with many clients over the years. We had a client who purchased a site that had many problems. There was an easement for high voltage electrical lines that went diagonally across the site which limited the building’s location. The sub-soils were not adequate to support the building’s foundations, so pilings needed to be installed. Much of the area on the site was not available to be built on because it was in a flood area. So why did our client buy this property? Good question and one I asked the day we got involved with this project. The answer I got was that he fell in love with the location. We dealt with the facts and designed & built a successful facility but it cost him additional time and money.
There is nothing wrong with “feelings”. Many times they can be a good balance to the harsh reality of “facts”, but as my friend said, Facts will carry you, so act on the facts.
Give me a call before you start your next project. I can help you get “Just the facts, Ma’am”.