Take your time!

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Take your time!

Whenever I get excited about stuff I start working.

My actual business (which is now two and a half years old) started one night when I decided to create a logo for my business idea and a website.

I did not sleep that night. I just wasted it all to create a creepy site and a bad logo.

But what I’ve learnt over the past years is that hurrying up is a bad decision. With almost everything in life.

Sometimes getting things done just needs some time.

When I started writing on what I wanted to be “my book” I wasted yet another night. And that night I wrote about 15 pages and planned the rest of the book.

The next month I could only write about 3 pages in total. How is that possible? 15 pages in one night and 3 pages the rest of the month?

Well, it took me more than an year to write 115 pages. And about 6 months to publish it after it was done.

And if you ask me now: YES, I did hurry up too much. Things could have been done much better. And taking my time would have fixed things up for me.

This “Take your time!” concept is not about waiting for things to get done on their own. They won’t. It’s about letting things prove, in time, that they are right, that they are good, that they are what you want them to be.

I’m gonna let Michael Ende finish my post with a great – big – quote. Take your time and read it, it’s the essence of my small text, although at first glance it has no connection. 🙂

“…it’s like this. Sometimes, when you’ve a very long street ahead of you, you think how terribly long it is and feel sure you’ll never get it swept. And then you start to hurry. You work faster and faster and every time you look up there seems to be just as much left to sweep as before, and you try even harder, and you panic, and in the end you’re out of breath and have to stop–and still the street stretches away in front of you. That’s not the way to do it.

You must never think of the whole street at once, understand? You must only concentrate on the next step, the next breath, the next stroke of the broom, and the next, and the next. Nothing else.

That way you enjoy your work, which is important, because then you make a good job of it. And that’s how it ought to be.

And all at once, before you know it, you find you’ve swept the whole street clean, bit by bit. what’s more, you aren’t out of breath. That’s important, too… (28-29)”

― Michael Ende, Momo

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