When Slow is the Way to Go

When Slow is the Way to Go

There are many things in life that remain constant; death, taxes, change, things like that, but I wanted to touch on this: we all live and work in a world with people.

Sometimes these people can be our greatest assets, sometimes they can can be the water that helps move us along, and sometimes they can challenge us in ways we'd really prefer to not be challenged.

Sometimes people seem to make the world move faster, other times, with the right person, time can seem to stand still.

So, when is slow the way to go? Here are a few ideas:

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” – James 1:19.

We all have two eyes, two ears, and one mouth. We should talk less and listen more. Be slow to get angry and slow to speak in anger. When dealing with others this is some very wise advice. Truth is relative and we each see things from our own point of view.

Before you send that harsh email or send that mean text, think about why the other person behaved the way they did. Maybe they acted that way on purpose, maybe they didn't. Mistakes happen. Give people the benefit of the doubt. When it comes to getting angry, slow is the way to go.

Slow and steady wins the race.” – Aesop.

When it comes to investing, according to Warren Buffett, slow is the way to go. According to him, if you'd bought just a single share of Coca-Cola when it was at $40, and reinvested the dividends, you'd have over $5,000,000 today.

Most people don't get rich over night, and those that do typically don't hold on to their money for very long. Look at lottery winners as an example. When it comes to investing for the future, slow is the way to go.

If you don't like how things are, change it!  You're not a tree.”  – Jim Rohn.

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.”  – African Proverb.

If you've ever made an impulse buy, you know what I'm talking about.

If you're a leader, you take ownership of your actions. If you make a mistake, you own up to it; if you have a challenge to overcome, you make a decision to tackle the issue head-on. When faced with adversity, you slow down, think through the problem, plan out a solution and act with wisdom. You have control over your life. When it comes to making life-changing decisions, slow is the way to go.

Lastly: Chili.

If it cooked for less than 8 hours, don't bother…

When slow is the way to go

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  • Jo says:

    This is one of your best posts. I always think of anger as being one letter away from danger. In other words, anger, although a honest human emotion, can bring us close to very negative actions when not managed in a mature way. Also, I am curious to know if you really think we have control over anything beyond our response to life’s challenges. All for now.

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