This past week I was deeply reflecting about what it is I want out of life. I found myself getting caught up in speed. And it’s often easy to overlook the importance of direction, so I made the decision to make some decisions.
I don’t want to have everything figured out, but a sense of direction allows me to understand what next leaps I should take to both push myself out of my comfort zone, embark on new projects and goals, and have fun whilst doing so.
But it wasn’t easy making these decisions—not because it was hard to map out my sense of direction, but because making decisions that align with where I want to go meant that I had to unlearn the notion that I have to do it fast. Don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that doing things slowly is better. But I do believe that if speed is impeding on my sense of direction, then it would be worth it to consider slowing down (even if it’s a little), so that I could figure out where to go next. After all, I wouldn’t benefit with speed if I didn’t know where to go.
Many unspoken social expectations can subconsciously govern how we think, behave, and make decisions. And one of the most valuable things I have learned and will continue to learn is that I’m running (or walking) on my own timeline.
See you next week,
Fascinating readings this week:
Questions I’m thinking about:
- How we can better facilitate the process of getting a drug from bench to business
- How we can develop more accurate and applicable in vivo research models of human disease
- How we can guide and educate the next generation to solve complex problems through how to think and how to learn
- Come join us for a fireside chat with Alfredo Andere, Co-founder and CEO of LatchBio, a company building integrated software tools for the life sciences! Register here.