Thought for the Day – R. J. Sternberg on Commitments

The essence of intelligence would seem to be in knowing when to think and act quickly, and knowing when to think and act slowly.”Robert J. Sternberg

Is there any doubt that “instant” is a prized value in our Western society? Fast-food. Speed-dating. Instant messaging. If fast is good, faster is better. Steeped in this adrenaline inspiring culture, I often make commitments the same way—quickly. I’ve discovered that my enthusiasm about a new idea can often lead me to make a commitment that I wouldn’t otherwise make if I had slowed down enough to evaluate it carefully. It seems that all too often I find myself sacrificing the larger commitments—life purpose pursuits—at the altar of drive-by opportunities. Seldom are these immediate opportunities as important, or rewarding. Yet, they come quickly and furiously—and loudly. In the midst of this onslaught, larger pursuits wait quietly for a time when I slow down enough to think and act slowly.

Your thoughts? When was the last time you gave yourself permission to think slowly about your commitments?

2 thoughts on “Thought for the Day – R. J. Sternberg on Commitments

  1. Hey, Bro
    I love this one, especially (not with work) I act quickly on some things and need to do a little more pondering.

    I look forward each and every day to your “wisdom” for the day. You’ve become such a motivating writer, I’m so proud of you. 🙂

    Your big, no, no, no, your older, no no, no,,,,your sister MA

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