Pump the Brakes

The other night I was helping my son with his math homework as he was struggling to understand a problem. When the question asked to find the perimeter of a square, he wanted to solve for the area. I soon realized his biggest challenge was that he was thinking too fast. When he slowed down to think through the question, he was able to solve it with ease.

Too many times I see people that are in such a hurry to make money, put out a fire, complain about a disaster, or sign a client that they never take time to pump the brakes.

There are times when being foolhardy can be an invaluable asset. That said, understanding the landscape of a specific situation is never a bad thing. Especially when the solution you keep trying always lands you right back where you started.

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