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Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
-- Oscar Wilde
 

 

Monday, August 2, 1999

Slow down and get more done

In these days when speed and quickness are widely sought after and rewarded, it pays to keep in mind that there is also much power in moving slowly, thoughtfully and deliberately.

Hurrying through a task accomplishes little if it burns you out or forces you to compromise the quality of the work. The extra time you take can be well worth the investment when it makes the difference between getting it right and having to do the work over again. Slowing down a little can often make the results come faster.

There is a big difference between activity and accomplishment. Ultimately, results are even more important than speed. Of course there’s nothing to be gained by delaying or procrastination, either.

If you speed through things at a pace that is not sustainable, you may get impressive short-term results. Yet the most valuable accomplishments require continued, sustained effort. Sprinting is not a workable strategy for winning a marathon.

Don’t tarry, but don’t hurry needlessly either. Find a workable pace that will carry you, surely and steadily, the full distance.

— Ralph Marston

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