Maybe it matters how slow you go

Let’s have a look at this quote from ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius:

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you don’t stop.” — Confucius

I’ve been thinking recently about these mechanics, about what is needed to not stop.

Of course, Confucius’ point is that you can, and have to, keep going—instead of quitting, cashing in or getting distracted.

The way he framed it, is as if slowing down is the road to stopping.

But going slowly is exactly the point. Making progress, making your dreams come true, building a legacy—it’s all about being patient, about improving 1% every day, about playing the long game. Usually, people stop because they’re trying to go too quickly. Going slow is a tactic to keep going. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

So maybe it does matter how slow you go. Maybe it matters because you have to go slow. Maybe it’s time to swap this guy around:

“It does not matter how quickly you go, so long as you don’t stop.”


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