The act of being prepared has enabled humans to both lessen the impact of misfortunes and provide themselves with a basis of reaching a higher level. This in itself has been one of the major factors that had enabled society to develop this far without being destroyed in the process.
Along with the everyday preparations that prevent students from failing a class, there are other higher stake preparations that are engrained into certain professions. Major example being doctors, police, and firefighters, unlike failing to be prepared to present a project, individuals in these professions are faced everyday with situations that if they are not properly prepared, could result in much higher and deadly consequence. For those reasons alone, these professionals are put through training, test, and drills that force them to be prepared for all situations. An example of this has recently emerged alongside the many heart shattering stories that resulted from the recent bombings in Boston; one coming from a hospitals that treated the victims of the bombings. The doctors at this hospital had already been put through drills for situations much like that of the bombings; this enabled them to stay organized and efficient. If it had not been for the staff being prepared, the scene would have been much more chaotic and more lives would have been lost.
Being prepared for the long term is also an important part of survival as well. This would account for any sort of natural disaster, war, or even the end of the world. Preparing supplies, food, water, and any survival plans could possibly be the factor of life and death for you and your family. This type of preparation is more self centered in the way that it would not necessarily benefit strangers who are also in the same situation, but it would more put you at a higher level, providing opportunities that unprepared individuals would not have. However in some more mild cases, this preparation