Nobody will respect you if you're in a rush

Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Nobody will respect you if you're in a rush

Why being in a rush will make you be disrespected and why it destroys your health? My way to handle unforeseen situations in life.

Topics from Vlog #19:
  • What are the good effects of a pandemic?
  • Being in a rush - advantage or disadvantage?
  • Is it better to be valued for the rapidity at which you execute the task or for the proficiency at which you do it?
  • My way to ┬áhandle unforeseen situations in life.
  • Unforeseen consequences of being fast.
  • Being the default problem solving person for everybody.
  • How stress affects your health?

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Nobody ever thanked me for the rapidity at which I executed the tasks.

There is one thing that the recent pandemic has changed for the better in the world and this is that a lot of people and a lot of businesses have understood that:

  • not everything has to be done right now, and
  • not everything has to be done in a rush, and
  • not everyone has to be rushed at work,

all of which is very positive.

You see, being in a rush will make you be disrespected by the people with whom you work.

Nobody will respect you if you're in a rush.

You know why?

Morning in Paris Metro
Photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia / Unsplash

Being in a rush is not really an advantage, nor it is a guarantee of the quality of your work.

When you're in a rush, you are showing others that you don't have anything more to offer besides the rapidity at which you execute the task. I think you would be far better off if you would be valued as an expert.

It's better to be valued as a good communicator or a good adviser.

When you are only blasting through tasks very rapidly, you are not building any type of buffer for the unforeseen situations in life (that will inevitably happen) and you are forcing yourself basically into a state of stress.

If, on the other hand, you decide not to be very rapid at executing tasks, you will build a buffer into your days, into the projects you manage. Even an unforeseen situation will not destabilise you, will not make you risk your deadline nor your commitment, nor will it make you risk your reputation.

I think it's far better than just being fast.

Photo by Jordan Opel / Unsplash

I speak from experience. I thought that people with whom I cooperate will appreciate the fact that I am rapid and that I execute my tasks very fast.

I can tell you after 17 years of working experience that nobody ever thanked me for being fast. But a lot of times people had additional requests when I was fast, whereas if I'd been slightly slower, those requests would probably be made to someone else.

You should also consider whether you want to be the default problem solver for everybody at the risk of your own stress of and of damaging your health (because -- obviously -- stress is bad for your health), but also at the risk of your comfort.

Finally, it's bad for your reputation if it's long term: if you are always fast, if you're always stressed and always go without a buffer in life, you will look as if you are constantly under pressure and it will not look very good for your personal brand. People admire people who are in control of their life and who have composure, not those who are stressed out and constantly under pressure.

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