the edge of “be quick but don’t hurry”

John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood, was the basketball coach at UCLA from 1948-1975.

His UCLA teams won seven consecutive NCAA basketball championships from 1967 to 1973 and a total of ten while he was coach.

Something that would be just about impossible in today’s world.

Mr. Wooden was once quoted as saying to his players that in a stressful game situation, “be quick, but don’t hurry.”

This is one of my favorite quotes.

I was reminded of it this week when I helping my son with his physics homework.

He was in a big hurry to finish his homework.

He was not only making mistakes, but was missing the concepts he was supposed to be learning from the homework.

He needed to develop a skill level that included solving problems on his exam quickly enough to be able to finish the test, but not so fast that he hurried and get some of the answers wrong.

We live in a world that allows connectivity 24/7/365.  This connectivity creates a sense of urgency that causes us to both be quick AND hurry.

We feel we need to respond to things immediately.  Every text, post, tweet, picture, e-mail, etc.

This sense urgency causes us to say things we do not mean, respond without much thought, or to create an incomplete or poor quality work product.

What is your edge of being quick, but not hurrying?

Can you do things quickly but at the same time with a high level of quality?

Can you overcome the sense of urgency you may feel by not hurrying when you need to respond to something, say something, or create something, but still do it quickly?

Pause for a moment to think about it, then respond quickly without hurrying…

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.

Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine