Rush! Dang it!

I have to admit sometimes when I think of a concept or situation, I think of a line from a movie. I have some favorites some that are completely inappropriate and some that I can relate to you. Today is one of those times, not the inappropriate lines but one from the movie Tombstone with Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell and many others. There are actually many great lines in that movie but the one I’m thinking of is said by Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and it goes something like this…


“You need to take your time in a hurry” and he is also known to have said “Fast is fine but accuracy is final. You must learn to be slow in a hurry.” Those lines sound great for a movie or for a famous old west hero… but what about you, the business person? I know for me, when I speed up, I make mistakes. I forget things and have to re-do more than the average person. I’ve come to realize that I’ve been doing it all wrong!


My good friend, mentor and coach, Scott Manning is like that figure of Wyatt Earp in my mind. He gets more stuff done in a normal day than almost any three people I know of. He doesn’t seem rushed (except when he’s driving, which is a whole other story!) and yet he just churns out the work. It’s not tedious work it’s creative development work like writing copy and creating the next business success for one of his clients.


What is Scott’s secret… I think it’s just what Wyatt Earp described… “You need to take your time in a hurry” Here’s how I see he does it. He blocks his time working on one thing at a time. He takes breaks and recharges his batteries throughout the day. Most of us try to work on twenty different things all at once and think we don’t dare stop the day is still going on… that’s where we make the mistake.


If you want to get more done try the secret I learned from Wyatt Earp… er, I mean Scott Manning. Block your time, work on one thing at a time and take a break now and then to recharge your batteries.


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