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Slow Down – Enjoy Your Journey


Slow Down – Enjoy Your Journey

I was reflecting on the latest book I just finished, “Slow Fix” by Carl Honoré. Carl’s focus is that we live in a very fast world today.  We Google everything, we have fast food, fast information, fast results, fast banking, fast calls, fast cash and fast credit. We can get any answer we are looking for in seconds and when something breaks we can just throw it out and buy something new.

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We have become a society of fast fixes.

Carl makes the case that we are missing out on so much because we are not taking the time to slow down and enjoy the journey and learn, discover, build and reflect. We don’t stop to just think. I believe that Carl is on to something. We are living in such a fast pace world and in the process we are missing out on so much. How many of us have heard the old saying  our lessons come from the journey, not the destination (from Poet, Don Williams Jr. 1968) The point being made by both Carl and Don is that there is great value in slowing down, taking the long road and taking the time to learn about the road that we are travelling.  Many great discoveries come through long journeys.

We need to remember to take time to think and talk with others about issues that we are facing in this fast pace world. In 2013, we again find ourselves in the middle of a shift; a shift in the business world, a shift in families, a shift in communities, a shift in roles and responsibilities.  Many of us need to learn about what shifts are happening and we need to talk about it. We need to take the time to learn and debate and challenge each other so we can better embrace our shifting world.

At this year’s Day of Hope and Leadership, we will take the slow approach and talk about the shifts that are happening in today’s world.  There is a shift in the roles and responsibilities that many families are facing while trying to balance raising their families and leading corporations.  There is a shift with young and emerging leaders as they start to lead in new and different ways than perhaps many of us are accustomed to.  We are also seeing a shift in family businesses being handed off to the next generation or senior leaders.  Record numbers of senior level leaders are departing the work place leaving a massive drain of knowledge and history. This year, we will take the slow fix approach; talk, listen, learn, collaborate, debate, play and evolve Imagine if we take this moment to take the long road and enjoy the view, embrace the beauty, slow down and enjoy the ride.  Imagine the lessons we will learn.  I look forward to seeing you on October 1st, 2013 for this year’s Day of Hope and Leadership as we balance the shift in leadership slowly.

Dan Carter
Founder, Day of Hope and Leadership