I got bittersweet news earlier this week when one of my best friends let me know that he would be leaving Fairbanks soon for Arizona. I can imagine it has been a whirlwind ride for him over the last two weeks as he scrambles to tie up loose ends and get himself and his family ready for the move. To say we’ve been through an avalanche of life together would be an understatement. This is a friend that has seen me through some monumental notches in my life belt, for better or worse. I’ve ended up at his feet numerous times seeking advice from a trusted advisor for everything from relationships, to college majors, to moves between states of my own. He’s given me hours of helpful advice but one in particular always stands out. Be quick, but don’t hurry. I want to remind him of that advice now.
It’s not his only tattoo, but I can’t think of it not being the one that gives him the most courage. I imagine him from time to time, beaten down by life and things that he’s had to endure to end up where he is now. I can imagine him reading the words that have been stamped on his lower leg in times of need and guidance. Taking breathes, catching his thoughts and coming up with a plan for victory. I asked him one time why he got it, what the famous quote from John Wooden meant to him. After pausing for a second, he gave a response that echoed so many of the nuggets of advice I’ve received from him in the past. He said, “It’s a reminder to be decisive in what you do, but to make those decisions based on understanding, commitment and education so you don’t hurry and misrepresent those decisions with unnecessary errors.”
There is much truth in what my good friend said. To be quick requires you to know what to do and to do it. There is no procrastination or long drawn out timelines when being quick is the goal. You can enhance your efficiency by creating urgency and not being complacent or comfortable knowing you have a longer timeline for the decision to be made. By making a decision promptly and taking appropriate action, you’re putting the wheels forward towards resolution. This does not come at the expense of quality however. Being quick requires discipline to the understanding and education of the moment. Hurrying is a lack of that discipline. Hurrying means that even though you have the skill, education or commitment to take action, it is poorly executed because you decided to take short cuts for quickness and or didn’t take the time to adequately prepare for the decision making process.
I’ll miss you Greggor, you’re one of the good guys. I look back over the years and smile at the adversity that our friendship has endured. I am incredibly excited for what you and your family are about to embark on. I love the fact that you are making decisions boldly. I would say good luck, but I know you don’t need it. You are an incredibly talented and gifted man, skilled in the art of success. Any company would be so lucky to have you. I know you thought things out, and I know that you’ll see them through. Be quick, but don’t hurry my friend.