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  • Chad Addie

Slow Down | Karben On Air # 10


This week I want to talk you about something that may sound counter-intuitive to what we've talked about in past episodes. But it is crucial to not only being happy in life but also being successful. And my advice to you is to take things slow.


Now I'm not telling you to be lazy or to stop chasing your dreams. Or to start walking slower or talking slower. I'm telling you that you need to start appreciating things in life instead of just going through the motions everyday. It's never been more apparent to me than now. Now that I'm out of the rat race so to speak and I'm on the outside looking in. I see people are like robots during the work week. Doing the same things week in and week out. After a while, your day doesn't even require thought. You could literally do it in your sleep.


Standard Work Day

  • You wake up in the morning and have your breakfast and coffee. 

  • Do your stressful commute to work.

  • Go to some meetings.

  • Check your email.

  • Make some phone calls.

  • Go to lunch.

  • Come back from lunch.

  • Go to some more meetings.

  • More work.

  • Leave work, commute home.

  • Run your errands.

  • Watch some TV.

  • Go to sleep.

  • Wake up and repeat the exact same steps the next day.

You need to start appreciating things in life. In order to do that, you have to break the mold that you've created. That routine that you do every single day, week in and week out. 

  • Maybe that means taking a different way to work. 

  • Greeting someone on the sidewalk you've never met before or even just smiling at them. Taking a minute to step outside of your usual headphones in and eyes on your phone routine. 

  • Having a conversation with someone and actual caring about their response back. 

  • Enjoying a nice summer day in the midwest which doesn't happen very often. Or if you're a complete weirdo and like cold weather and snow...enjoying that as well. 

  • Going to your kids sports games and actually paying attention to them playing.

Take advantage of the time that you have because it's not going to be around forever. So slow down. And once you slow down, take some time for yourself. Sit down and re-evaluate the things that you do on a day-to-day basis. Are there some things that you can eliminate? Some unimportant things you don't need every day? So that you can then spend that time on more important things. On spending time with your family or just yourself. On taking vacation and forgetting about work for a while.


Sit down and make that list, and I guarantee you will find a bunch of things that aren't necessary for your survival.


In closing, I want to read a poem for you today that I recently read in a book by Tim Ferriss called The Four Hour Work Week. It's a very powerful message by author David L. Weatherford that really relates to this concept of taking it slow.


SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round, or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight, or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last.

Do you run through each day on the fly, when you ask "How are you?", do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed, with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last.

Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow, and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die, 'cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast, time is short, the music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day, it's like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn't a race, so take it slower, hear the music before your song is over.

That's it for this week. Keeping doing what you love, and take it slow!


- Chad Addie