There are often some conflicting messages put out there about how hasty you should, or shouldn’t
be, when making your way through life.
story of the Tortoise and the Hare, that tell us to slow down. Then, on the other hand, there’s
all the advice that often gets repeated in business and motivational circles that “time is
running out,” and “you’ve got to hustle.”
The great German poet Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe had a balanced take on this whole subject.
He wrote: “haste not, rest not.”
Here are some reasons why you should be careful to be neither too slow nor too hasty in life.
Because opportunities don’t hang around forever, but they often
need to be seized with some care.
It’s true that opportunities often don’t hang around for long. When a door opens that you want
to walk through, you better walk through it reasonably quickly. Job roles that you see being
advertised will typically fill up within the blink of an eye, and if you hesitate with a
romantic interest, they may lose interest in you.
That being said, even when it’s necessary to act quickly, you still need a certain level of care.
Take a deep breath. Figure out how you should act.
You don’t have to have everything worked out perfectly, and you shouldn’t get caught in
analysis paralysis. But just as opportunities can be lost because you hesitate too much, so too can
they be lost because you are too hasty and use the wrong approach.
Because you might misjudge a situation if you are not both
thoughtful and also proactive enough
There are often technicalities and factors to consider that can be easily overlooked or
misjudged if you’re not both thoughtful, and also proactive enough.
If you’re thinking about getting some work done on your home, for example, it would
be important for you to be proactive enough to do your research and find out about the
legislation that pertains to the area. Otherwise, you might risk violating policies about
In this case, getting on the right track involves both taking a moment to figure things out, and
also actively taking steps to increase your insight.
Because both too much haste and too much complacency can have tragic consequences.
It’s all very well if something just goes a bit badly for you on a given day because you are a bit
too hasty, or a bit too hesitant. But sometimes haste and hesitation can have tragic consequences.
When people react too quickly and too emotionally in the heat of the moment, they can say and
do things that will forever damage their lives, or the lives of their loved ones. Likewise, when
it’s time to stand up and act in line with your morals, hesitation can mean irreversible
In any situation, it’s important to be able to combine self-control and a dash of thought with
the ability to act quickly if needed.
There is no universal standard where it’s always better to act fast, or to act slow.
Balance is essential.
This is a collaborative post.