Posted: October 28, 2020 in: Pain-2-Power


The impulse to work fast, in order to prove oneself, comes from core self-doubt.  The prize is so important to win, often in order to bolster a fragile sense of self, that the end result suffers.  Abraham Lincoln may have said it best, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six of them sharpening my axe.”

No matter what you aspire to, no matter what you attempt, rushing will be to its detriment.  There really are no exceptions.  The rule applies to creating a work of art, building a home, launching a business or mastering professional skills.  It also applies to deepening relationships with friends, a spouse or your children.

As human beings, when we value things, we slow down.  We focus on the details.  It’s the way we express love for what we are creating.

There’s plenty of proof that it works.  The concept of “slowing down to speed up” is well-known in business.  Back in 2010, the Harvard Business Review teamed up with the Economist Intelligence Unit and studied 343 businesses.  Those companies that adopted strategies designed to move as fast as possible to market their products ended up with lower sales and profits.  Companies that paused to make sure they weren’t headed in the wrong direction averaged 40 percent higher sales and 52 percent higher operating profits over a three-year period.

The only way that going faster was a plus in the study was when companies were focused on faster ways to deliver valueto consumers, not simply faster ways to deliver products.

Business isn’t the only example.  During 2016, researchers in Canada discovered that when writers were made to type more slowly (by only typing with one hand), their writing improved.  Their use of words was more sophisticated.  That fascinates me.

Speed reading has been shown, in some studies, to decrease comprehension.

Of course, deciding to move more slowly toward a goal takes self-confidence.  You have to believe that you’re going to get there, through diligence and determination.

Look for that belief, deep in your heart.  In the end, it translates to having faith in your abilities, in your team and in the future.

You deserve to feel nothing less.

Dr. Keith Ablow


This blog was adapted from TRUMP YOUR LIFE: 25 Life Lessons from the Ups and Downs of the 45th President of the United States, available on

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