Okay okay, here’s what Honest Abe actually said:
“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”
Close enough, no?
Well anyway, this quote reminds me of another – “Slow and steady wins the race.”
Both of which are WAY outside of my reality, and that’s not good!
This has always been a challenge for me, ever since I can remember actually. I was the daredevil kid who never declined a dare. At last count (about 10 years ago) I had over 300 scars on my body…war wounds of a kid with something to prove. Now they just look bad. I was not walking slowly, I was sprinting.
I started 5 businesses in 5 years, putting everything I had and everything I could borrow into each one of them. After the first few failed I figured I should probably learn a little more about running a business, so I got an MBA while staring a new business and trying to keep another afloat. I accumulated over $100,000 in debt. I was not walking slowly, I was sprinting.
At the present moment I work 3 jobs plus the occasional side jobs when I can get them so that I can pay off my debt and start anew. I’ve been working 6-7 days a week since the beginning of the year. I have no social life. I have not been walking slowly, I have been sprinting.
I sprint full speed ahead, then I fall. Then I get up and sprint full speed ahead, then fall again. Get up, full speed ahead, fall. Up, Speed, Fall. Abraham Lincoln might even say that I’m actually walking backward, and I’d have to agree. I’ve been walking backward for a long time.
I don’t know how to just walk forward. It seems so boring to me, so tedious. Why cover all the bases when I can sprint and pick up the pieces along the way? Oh yeah, I’m too busy to pick up the pieces and they end up on the sidelines, building on top of one another until they reach a tipping point and all fall down on my head! I think it might be a good idea to try walking for a while
Do you have any suggestions for me? Are you the same way or are you a natural walker? Please let me know in the comments below.