It's clear that faster is better if we want to to do simple things like catch a train or a plane, book a hotel, or look up something on Wikipedia, but when it comes to things which hold greater significance and meaning, faster will cause the wheels to overheat and come off.
Take relationships for instance.
If we want to build solid relationships which are largely maintained over email after an initial meeting, we need to invest time to build a trust-based connection. A Facebook type "like" button or "scroll on by" email mindset simply won't cut the mustard, yet it appears that our virtual interactions are becoming more and more transactional rather than relational.
Transactional responses build surface level interactions that fail to build from authentic foundations and lead us nowhere.
Similarly, expecting to find work that is fulfilling without understanding the talent and potential you have and what really matters to you at the click of a couple of buttons, without any level of thoughtful enquiry leads to finding a career which is full of fool’s gold.
What seemed shiny and right usually leads to as sense of having to grind out the working week, hating your job and feeling trapped. What comes as a result is often to depression or over-indulgence of all sorts as we seek to make ourselves feel better by medicating the feeling rather than treating the cause.
So, while faster is better when the outcome is of little consequence, if the wheels are coming off your business relationships or your career is less than fulfilling, then perhaps it's time to slow down for a moment, step back, observe and take a different approach. After all, 50-year careers need time and relationships to flourish if they are to thrive - and we have time if we choose.
And that’s the point.
Instead of constantly trying to do more with less whether that’s a project or building a connection, why don’t we choose to become more mindful about what we commit to and how we work with others. That way, less can lead to more, the wheels will stay on and turn more easily, and the sense of satisfaction, joy and fulfilment will be greater.
As Mahatma Gandhi said: “There’s more to life than increasing its speed.”
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