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111 Key Principles for Success

Principle 55 - Take it Slow

I wanted to call this principle, "Don't Rush." But there's a bug in the software I used to write this book that didn't allow me to use a single quote character in the title. This reminds me of the rule Find a Workaround.

And pain got me to write this chapter. I'm feeling it now in my left hand. It's from starting my workout program again.

I've decided to leave work at 4:30 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so I can work out. I get to work around 8:15 AM and won't take a lunch break on these days. So leaving at 4:30 means I've worked 8 hours and 15 minutes.

I have three new pains. One in my right foot, another in my left hand and the third on my left hip.

I didn't take it slow enough. I was using heavy free weights and maybe ran too much.

Take it slow.

I'm late for the train again. This habit started when I was a young person. I remember being late for my bus and having to run across Co-op City where I lived at the time to make the bus.

Take it slow.

I was nearly killed because I was late and rushing to my train. I was running and had to cross a large and busy intersection near the Hicksville train station. As I got to the curb a polite driver stopped and waved me on. I kept running but as I passed the driver's side of the car I noticed a car bearing down on me at 50 mph. I stopped short the way a hockey player stops on a dime and felt the breeze of the car skimming my body. What can I say but....

Take it slow.

Plan and prepare so you don't have to rush. Wake up 5 minutes earlier. When starting a new activity, curb your enthusiasm and give yourself some time to adapt to it.

Life is a marathon and not a sprint. Also don't forget to smell the roses.

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