Living Fast

At an elementary level, we have a need for speed — a need for the exhilaratin that accompanies manic like activity. We tell tales of moments of focus and momentum, where we have prevailed. It can be addictive, and self-defining when the forward action is focused on work or in our careers.

Fundamentally, we think that working at a break-neck pace will define us as some sort of “superhuman.” Erroneously, we hope others acknowledge and identify who we are, what we do, and our unique talents, as remarkable when we work flat-out.

Quite frankly, most of the time, others don’t notice or if they do, really don’t give a damn. Go ahead be a martyr.

MAN; look at me go!

The feeling that what we are doing not only needs to be done urgently and with due haste, “fast” has some misplaced purpose in our rationalized minds. Not only am I quick, but no-one else can do it as good as me. (Second popular fallacy.)

Timelines and deadlines.

The need for speed is the result of someone ignoring a deadline, misappropriating the work, or an unrealistic timeline based on a lack of experience. It may not be YOU; it could be the person delegating.

The downside, speed is sloppy.

If it is an issue of delegating determine who is going to take the heat if the wheels fall off the wagon. If it’s you, stand-up and protect your reputation.

The reputation you think you are building may be the exact opposite of what you’re receiving. Fast comes with an increased probability for mistakes, often requiring compromises and time burning do-overs.

Quality Takes Time

Do we believe that a job done with high speed is better than a thoughtful act? Of course not. We have all been brought up with the saying that anything worth doing is worth doing right. And “right” needs time.

Slow down, do the work, and do it remarkably well.