By Jen Hall
Fast or Slow
Work faster but take your time.
The best work takes time, but can I get it now?
It takes 10,000 hours to master something, and what you’re practicing will be obsolete in a year or less.
In the last couple decades invention and technology has progressed faster than it had in the previous decades and centuries even. With that said, we’re at an awkward tipping point.
With all of this speeding up of progress, we as humans have been trying to keep up and catch up to the point where we’re discovering it comes at an unhealthy cost. Staying up obscene hours, compromising precious time with family and friends, all to keep up with the times. We’ve also hit the point where the medical practitioners are recognizing the flaw, and asking us to slow down.
Slow down. Sounds like a great idea, right? The problem is, while we as individuals want to slow down, there’s a risk of losing out on opportunities and falling behind because society as a whole isn’t slowing down. While I cut back on my pace, others are still racing ahead and I’m potentially perceived as not as relevant as the other guy/gal who’s chugging back fancy coffee’s taking selfies in their 5 minutes of free time that makes them look like the life of the party.
Now this all sounds very dramatic and cynical I know. The reason I bring it up in the first place is because I get a sense of a slow movement creeping up. You see with every boom there’s a bust. A limit. I think now that we’ve ramped up the speed of things, we’re finding out what’s pushing things too hard and putting our feet on the breaks to get back to a healthy pace. Like consuming too much sugar as a child when you first discover it, you find out when it starts to make you sick.
I’ve read some books in the last couple years on the subject of slowing down:
The reason I bring up these books is that they where featured in brick and mortar book stores or online book stores, and because they all in some way or another addressed the benefits of slowing down and being patient in our current culture.
There’s an unseen long game benefit to taking time. Sometimes it’s so hard to see living in a world of now, hurry, speed up. If we can put our heads down, and focus working on something over a longer period of time rather than rushing, we will beat out our peers playing the rush game by keeping a steady pace. This steady pace also means we can partake in the sweet things in life. Our friends and family.
Let the other kids continue to get sick over consuming sugar. While they get fat and slow down later because they’re unhealthy, we’ll choose to slow down now and maintain our health to win in the end.
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