May is a Bad Word

I’m not talking about the month we’re currently in. May is a great month. We are starting to feel the early touches of summer with temperatures warming up and the days are getting longer.

No, that May is not what I’m talking about. I want to focus on the other meaning, the one that you use when you don’t want to commit.

Merriam-Webster defines the word as “used to indicate possibility or probability.”

I’d argue that may is a negative word. We use may as a way to plant possible ideas while giving ourselves an out, because we aren’t committing to anything.

May can cause us to get on the bandwagon of others’ beliefs or ideas – because after all, they aren’t making any promises, so what’s the worst that could happen?

But may shouldn’t be what we’re looking for! Take medicine for example. We would have to think twice about a surgery that may help us, but a surgery or medication that does without a doubt help? Sign me up!

We want to have certainty, not wavering.

When we’re working on projects, we should look for the same standard. We want a solution that does solve the problem, not may solve the problem!

As you move forward, I challenge you to push for certainty. And leave May as a month.

Until next time…we are Advoco, make every minute count.

About Michelle: It’s hard to find someone that doesn’t like Michelle – she’s easy to talk to, she’s a wealth of knowledge about EAM, she’s relatable, and to top it all off, she’s fun to be around! Her Infor EAM life started at a university that used the product to manage facilities. She has since built up and manages our Post Implementation Consulting team. When Michelle isn’t helping our customers, you can find her in her garden preparing vegetables for canning or touring the Upstate on her motorcycle! Have a question for Michelle? Send her an email!

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