Slower is Faster

I heard this mantra when I was watching a video of the Baja 1000 with my homies (we’re that cool) from the crew of this guy who was trying to motorcycle the whole thing without stopping. He was rushing during a pit stop to change his gear, eat something, drink water, and take a dump… you know, all the things you need to do when you’re racing a motorcycle 1000 miles non-stop through Baja California. At this moment, with a mouth full of Jax, I had an epiphany.

I’m late to everything because I’m always busy either looking at pictures on icanhascheezburger.com, perusing the newest videos on collegehumor.com, or watching beast tube (for educational purposes only) when I should be ‘getting ready’ (fixing my hair to get the perfect bed-head look, blasting a Third Eye Blind song, making awesome breakfast, etc.) to go somewhere. This means I put myself in a position where I need to do 20 things in the least amount of time possible to minimize my lateness.

Just like for our friend in the Baja 1000, the mantra holds: “Slower is Faster”. Panicking, quick movements, and other means of rushing will be counter-productive here. Think with a clear mind, make no unnecessary moves, and slow down to get to the goal fastest.

I made this point because it carries over as a metaphor to Hero Adage #8: A slow conversation (words coming out slow, pauses in between people talking) is a good conversation. A fast conversation (frequent interruptions of each other, participants too busy thinking about what they’re going to say next instead of listening to the other person and pausing to think about it) are awful conversations. And they’re painful to be in. I’m talking to you, girl-I-met-on-the-metro-last-night.

I’d say slower conversations prove that slower is faster. Even though the conversation is slow, it gets you to the goal of the conversation (to form an understanding between two people, to build a rapport, to come to agreement on the cost and means of delivery of drugs and sexual services, etc.) a lot faster than a fast conversation does. I also made this graph to illustrate how talking a lot of nonsense is counter-productive:

Nonsense spoken graph

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3 responses to “Slower is Faster

  1. haha i love the graph with people with no friends still listening. they are so desperate for attention, they’ll listen to anything.

  2. Connelly

    Here we see that the amount of nonsense you talk follows the equation N=x, whereas how much people listen to your nonsense is bounded by the curve L=exp(-x). In order to maximize the total amount of your nonsense that is listened to, you can determine the local max of the equation f(x)=N*L=x*exp(-x) and solve for x. Using differential calculus we find that x=1 arbitrary unit of nonsense is the optimal amount to speak.

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