Blog 1305 – 04.06.2019
Slow And Steady Wins The Race
Just a few days ago I noticed that there are now 150 fellow writers following this blog on Word Press. I think the highest total daily following recorded to date it about 610. Over the three years I have been writing this blog literally thousands have read me and all over the world. These numbers are yet a far cry from the 10,000 fans and daily followers that I hope to achieve, yet I know a secret:
“Not to the strong is the battle, not to the swift is the race, but to the true and the faithful victory is promised through grace.”
Viggo Mortensen is one of my favorite actors and when I saw his handsome face and intelligent quote above I knew I would be writing a piece so I could use it. We are so often in such a big hurry that we miss details, the important stuff, because there is some goal, some achievement, some peak that we think we must reach and fast. But it is still true, Viggo and everyone, that to go fast, the best way is to go slow.
A long time Quality Guru whom I followed and even attended two week long trainings at his Quality College in Winter Park Florida, Philip Crosby, stressed the importance of doing it right the first time as the best way to get it done right and fast. When we hurry like the meat market manager who hurrying backed up into the meat grinder we find ourselves getting a little behind in our work. Redoing always takes longer and often produces an inferior product or service and as well often delays delivery more than just taking the time to do it right the first time.
Why does the myth persist than doing a lot of things fast is productivity? When the most common result of doing a lot of things fast is screwing up a lot of things fast. One reason this false belief continues is that we cling to it as did our forefathers of a quicker way sailing west from Europe to reach the spices and colorful fabrics of India. It was never true that there was a shorter way but one guy rather than admit failure called the place he landed The West Indies and the people there Indians rather than admit his mistake.
Intention for a better world number two of ten says, “I follow my inner compass and discard any beliefs that are no longer serving me. I go to the source. I seek truth.” The undeniable truth is that the fastest way to get anything done is to do it correctly the first time no matter how long it takes.” The artist, the crafts person, knows this and it shows in their work. Still managers think any person off the street with no skill or training can come in cold and fill the shoes of workers who have through trial and error figured out how to make a product or do a service worth being paying for. Price, Delivery, and Quality suffer most not because of workers. Most if not all workers still do want to do a good job that they can be proud of, but because as the old joke goes most management thinks, “Price, Delivery, and Quality – you can only have two and guess which one suffers? Quality of course.” But then the deeper truth is that if you do not take the time to do it right in the first place not only does quality suffer, but price, and delivery always end up being affected too.
So listen to Viggo, if you want to go fast, go slow. Slow and steady always wins the race. Just one mistake in a hurry can undo the best of plans and schedules.
Your friend and fellow traveler,