Slow and steady wins the race

I’ve said many times that I believe “slow and steady wins the race.” In a world driven by profits and self preservation, I think we’ve lost sight of paying attention to the toll this pursuit can have on our relationships.

Over the past two years, I’ve had some amazing things happen and it’s been a bit of a reward to feel like I’ve always leaned towards relationships first. It’s not that I don’t want profits, it’s that I don’t think you have to give up relationships to get profits, unless you’re trying to get them too quickly. I would much rather build a strong business over time and have some great friendships along the way than step on people to get to the top.

I don’t believe we can be truly profitable at the expense of others. We’ve certainly seen this to be true when companies like Enron do anything and everything to appease shareholders only to crash in the end. I’m pretty sure if we looked into the history books, we would see the same model played out over and over again.

I got a touching email last week that included the line, “Honestly dude, you are one of the few people I’ve met in my life that I can without hesitation say that you deserve every good thing that comes your way.” Humbling comment for sure, but it also made me realize and even enjoy a bit of vindication that you can be a good guy in business and still do okay.

I’m reminded by the great quote from Zig Ziglar who said, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

As for me, I’ll continue helping and believing that “slow and steady wins the race.”

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