The photo shows a fire department ladder truck at the scene of a small fire. Notice the size of the two hoses. The larger yellow hose is 5” diameter and supplies the pump with water from the fire hydrant. The small green attack hose is 1¾” diameter and the water flowing through this hose extinguishes the fire.
This truck is equipped with a 250-gallon water tank that is quickly depleted when the attack line is flowing 150 gallons of water per minute. In approximately 90-seconds the tank is dry creating problems. Consequently, it is necessary to attach the 5” hose to the fire hydrant to supply the pump with a continuous water supply.
When the nozzle on the attack line is open, the concept of water in and water out is at work. If the nozzle is closed, then the water coming into the pump is not going anywhere. When the driver/operator (D/O) opens the tank fill valve, the hydrant water begins to fill the tank. If the D/O doesn’t pay attention, then the water overflows, spills onto the ground, and is not doing any good.
Do You Practice Water In, Water Out?
Are you wondering what I am referring to? In this example, let’s compare water to personal growth, training, and education. Of those three elements, what, when, and how often do you take them in?
Sadly enough, there are people who haven’t taken any action towards personal growth in years and their tank is dry. There are others who have worked at personal development, but the water is not flowing out, and their tank is stagnant.
Do you fit the description above? If so, what commitment are you going to make to turn that around? If you are taking in the water, but it is not flowing out, then what will you do to correct that? If you are a person who practices water in and water out, I congratulate you for understanding the importance of the idea.
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