Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It Takes The Time That It Takes

Back when I was a computer tech, which somehow seems like a long time ago, the title there is a paraphrase of one of the company phrases thought up by none other than Damion himself.  It was in reference to the fact that we took the time to do things properly so that when your new computer was delivered, or your fixed computer was returned to you it would work just as you expected it to without the need for us to explain things too much other than what we did.

It’s a philosophy really, and a work ethic.  We put in the time to make sure that the machines we touched functioned exactly how they were supposed to.  It’s something that can be applied to a lot of other things as well. For instance, during my time in school we’ve had heaps of homework to do, assignments and whatnot.  Some people without fail wait until the last minute to start, they can not afford at that point to take the time to do it properly, they just have to dash it off.  Our class has gone from a starting number of about 90 students down to about 35-40.  Figure it out.

Another explanation was made to me last night at Karate by Sensei Pete and I think it is really worth sharing.  When you are engaging in something that is a life long journey it’s akin to walking along a road, everyone walks at their own pace, some people choose to stop along the way and observe details.  Some people walk faster than others, sometimes you pass people, and sometimes others pass you.  Others can help point you in the right direction, they may even walk with you for a while, but in the end it is you alone that chooses to follow the road, to stop entirely or to head in the opposite direction of others.

No one walks the entire road alone.  But everyone has to have their own drive to complete the journey.  You have to put in the time that it takes to get things done.

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