Saturday, February 21, 2009

Don't speed up--slow down

I spent a day in Boulder with Jim Collins talking about his new book--he'd finished it the day before I got there--on How the Mighty Fall. We spent 4 hours in front of a video camera and at one point Jim talked about a rule of thumb he'd heard from a man who'd gone to fight 9 tours in Vietnam. When Jim asked him what he'd learned from his tours of duty that could be important and useful for his career, the man said, "Don't put your gun on automatic." In other words, when things look the worst, when the enemy is all around you, when it's easy to lose your head and start firing indiscriminately, don't speed up--slow down. Take a few breaths and make every shot count. New rule of thumb: "Don't put your gun on automatic."

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