It is “okay” to slow down!
This is the lesson life has taught me in recent times.
Most of us are trained to be part of a race, right from early days. And this mindset continues into later part of life.
But, it is absolutely okay to slow down.
It is okay to read one good book a month and relish the ideas. You don’t get (or need) a medal for reading 50 books an year, the takeaways of which you barely remember.
It is okay to be a jack of all trades and master of none. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, all through your career. You need to be curious enough to listen, encourage and realise others’ vision.
It is okay to abandon or give up something in the middle, if you don’t gain value or enjoy doing it anymore. Don’t do it just because everyone else is doing it.
In anything you do, focus on adding value to yourself or others. It is more important than just being present or getting things done.
Next time you are confused whether to pursue something, ask yourself these simple questions.
- Will I enjoy doing it?
- Will I learn something new by doing it?
- Will I improve my existing knowledge or skill by doing it?
- Will I add value to others by doing it?
If your answer is “yes” to one of these questions, go for it.
And remember, it is okay to stop doing something after you start, if the answer to all the above questions becomes “no”.