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The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
-- Charles DuBois


Saturday, October 14, 2023

Think slow

An immediate reaction is not always the best reaction. When you think too fast you tend to ignore many of the best possibilities.

Sometimes you have no choice other than to think fast and act fast. Yet when you do have a choice, think longer, perhaps a little slower and more deliberately.

Give yourself the opportunity to take a multitude of factors into consideration. The more you understand, the more perspectives and information you consider, the better your thinking aligns with reality.

If you jump too quickly to a conclusion, you could be jumping right past many important truths. Being able to honestly justify your conclusion matters too, and that can take some time.

When the situation allows, invest the time. Think through how your response affects not only you, and not only in the moment, but how it impacts everyone else, and in the long run.

In a fast-moving world it’s tempting to take shortcuts, to think fast. Yet when there’s much at stake it’s well worth your while to think slow, and to get it right.

— Ralph Marston

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