Don’t just do it
In the hustle and bustle of everyday living we are admonished to do something. To do, to buy, to act. In 1988 at the end of a decade of materialism and greed, (remember the movie 1987 Wall Street?), this phrase was made into Nike’s tagline. It is said to have been inspired by the last words of an executed murderer. Greed, materialism, and the desire to get life over with are not things we would normally hope to see in good meetings, yet how many times have we made decisions simply because we felt uncomfortable not doing so.
Really great things arise rarely from a rushed solution. So next time a thorny issue turns up, do your research and analysis and … wait. When an answer comes, sit back and feel it within you. If it works, then act, if it doesn’t check out what’s missing, and wait for another answer to come. Remember, well trodden neural networks are accessed first, so fast answers will likely have the comfort of the familiar. Have the courage to throw these back into the pot and wait again.
Einstein is quoted saying: if he had only one hour to save the world, he would spend 55 minutes defining the problem. That is not a man in a rush. For those of us not with Einstein’s gifts I expect we should allow a much longer time in contemplation.
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