What is First Come, First Served (FCFS)?

First come, first served (FCFS) can be interpreted both literally and metaphorically. Literally it means that the first person in a queue gets served first. As such, it means that being prompt pays off.

Metaphorically it means that being prepared is essential. If we are mentally and physically prepared for our projects, we will get what we need.

At first sight this proverb may seem somewhat banal. After all, the phrase first come first served is used regularly in everyday life. A cafe worker may say it to customers in a queue. Or companies with a limited number of products may implement it as a rule. However, look deeper, and this proverb is saying something quite profound. It is saying that we should be prepared, and we should try and get ahead.

This proverb can motivate us to be ready for anything. It encourages to work to get ahead: do all you can to be first in the queue. It helps to organise people into an orderly queue. Some argue that this is one way to distribute food, money or other resources fairly. A first come first served offer gets customers interested in a product. The saying emphasizes the power of being prepared.

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