I’m sure you’ve heard this African Proverb at some point. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Hmm. Going fast & alone is rarely a good idea. Yes, if you’re in the Sahara and a friend trips on some sand and breaks both of his legs, you definitely should hightail it for help. But going fast & alone, in most other cases, is a recipe for mistakes, misunderstandings, and disaster.
When it comes to growth, you simply won’t last if you want to go fast. Instead, get in the habit of going slow. Yes. Slow down. What I mean is quit biting off more than you can chew.
If you’re an achiever like me, you want to start that business this weekend. You want to write, shoot, and edit your film next month. And you also want to solve world hunger by the end of this year. “Let’s do this!”
Over the last ten years I've learned that going slow is the way to grow.
No, it really isn't. It only sounds boring. But it’s actually quite an extraordinary process. Here’s why:
Growing slow allows you to establish habits. These habits go on to create the lasting value that gets you where you want to go.
Growing slow helps you stay balanced. Neglecting other important parts of your life, like your faith and friendships, is too steep a price for some semblance of professional success.
Still don’t believe me. Think about this:
If you wanted to supercharge the growth of a tree, you couldn’t just drown it in water and fertilizer to quickly boost its size.
We humans are no different than the trees. What we need is a reasonable schedule that includes consistent watering and fertilizing over the right amount of time. Do that and we’re sure to mature and grow.
When it comes to the development of self, cut out from your mind this idea of “going fast." Instead, graft in a slow grow mentality. Relax. Don’t worry; you ’ll get there. Don’t rush it.