hey, where’s the rush?
I know, I’ve been known to shout the following in sand sections of cyclocross races, muddy sections of gravel rides and on loose rocky climbs:
“If you slow down, you go down!”
But, I’m learning, if you don’t slow down, you’ll also go down.
This week, I read about how efficiency is actually dangerous and how slowing down makes life better. (Surprised?) Well, I’m sure we’re all keen to get back into the swing of things after going on six months of stay at home stuff but hear me out.
‘Slow down, you move too fast …’ – ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’ (1966) by Paul Simon
Barry Schwartz wrote this article
for psyche.co and here are my top outtakes for you to end your week with:
1. Some motivation produces excellent performance; too much motivation produces choking. Some group collaboration produces cohesion and enhances productivity; too much of it leads to staleness. Some empathy enables you to understand what another person is going through; too much could prevent you from saying and doing hard things.
2. What should we do in the face of this radical uncertainty? When making decisions, instead of asking ourselves which option will give us the best results, we should be asking which option will give us good-enough results under the widest range of future states of the world.
3. A little something to slow us down in the uncertain world we inhabit could be a life-saver. Building friction into our lives, as individuals and as a society, is building resilience into the system. It could be our insurance policy against catastrophe.
Another adage I repeat to my kids is ‘take your time & do it right’.
There has never been a better time to look before you leap and while you wanna keep appearances and look PRO, heed Schwartz’s advice and decide to go slow.
As always, thank you for reading! I hope you have a low velocity weekend ahead,