- Posted January 3, 2013 by
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"Slow Turns To Speed"
Nothing fast started with speed.....in fact it was slow movements that generated significant speed. The sport speedskating is a great example what all of this really means. Moving your arms fast.....and throwing your legs with lateral movement does not generate speed all on its own. In fact, many of the mechanics in this sport truly apply in business and how to live for me.
Speedskating does not come naturally....takes many years to perfect.....and anyone who is elite will tell you that. I am failry new to the sport and it is a constant learning process......and the slow movements do help perfect technique which ultimately generates speed. As one perfects their technique the speed generates to a new plateau and it only begins to feel more right. At speeds upwards of 45mph on the ice men and women become human cars. It is a sport that requires no fear of speed.....but a strong understanding that slow movement can and will have great meaning.
Perhaps some of the beliefs to get good at this sport come into life and business situations. Business does not drive big bank accounts quickly....it is a constant behavior of trial and error with good coaching......pushing....focus....and making more mistakes in your mind than in reality. Just like speedskating if you think about it:)
Life is full of do-overs.......teachings......mentoring.......and listening. Most important getting good at anything requires repetition and listening.....getting "great" requires linear focus. People....things....events....can't get in the way of that perfection, but still need attention. Learning from people who have this vernacular has taught be quite a bit about the sport....life.......thresholds......and what it takes......and that "linear focus" that becomes necessary. Dad always said no fast starts:)