Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…
Is “better late than never” always true, or are there times where never would be the preferred option?
It’s kinda funny that this was the question Frank asked, given that he admitted that he was late getting this week’s Truthful Tuesday prompt posted. Did his being late with this prompt post drive this question? Or was this his question all along and he was intentionally late in posting it to illustrate his point? Tell us, Frank!
At any rate, I think, in most cases, it is, in fact, better to be late than never. However, there is a countervailing saying that goes “too little, too late,” which means that not only were you late in doing whatever it is you set out to do, but whatever you ended up doing was inadequate.
There could be some situations where perhaps never is better than late. Like revealing that you’re in love with someone after they’ve committed themselves to someone else. Or showing up to vote on the day after election day.
Bottom line, though, if depends upon the circumstances. That said, if you’ve committed to doing something by a specific date and/or time, you should do it on-time and do it well.