Slow Smart Phones

It’s simple…

Turn the ringer off… turn the notifications off… and use the phone, don’t let it use you.

Too many people are letting their phones use them… don’t believe me?

Ask the next one who bumps into you because they were texting while walking down a crowded sidewalk.  Or the next one who is paying more attention to their smart phone than the other cars on the road while driving.

Or, the idiot who sits at a green light because whatever they are watching on their smart phone is more important than keeping traffic (which is already enough of an issue) flowing.

Or, the worst example… the person who does one of two things:

1.  Starts talking to you, then interrupts that conversation saying “I’ve got to take this.”  No, they don’t.

2.  Has to text someone who is less than 500 feet away from them, instead of walking up to them and talking to them face to face.

Sad.  Slow the smart phones down people.

 

Forget The News

You’ve got to watch the news each day right?

You have to be “informed” right?

WRONG.

News is junk food for the brain.  You should avoid it, as much as possible.

Since when was it a requirement to watch it?  Who made some “rule” that said you “have to be informed?”

It isn’t a requirement, and you don’t have to be.  Besides, why on earth would you want to be informed about the crap that makes the news anyhow?  How has it EVER contributed to your life in a meaningful way?

And finally… what could you do with the hour you waste on watching it each day?

Slow Risk

Risk is one of those topics that is subjective.

So, when I talk about “slow” risk, I’m actually not referring to one specific type of risk, as there are many types.

But when we take risk, or examine it, we need to slow down.

There is advice circulating out there similar to the following:

“Fail fast, and fail often.”

That statement seems to be loaded with risk, right?  If you fail fast, you’re also contradicting the very essence of the “slow” philosophy I’m referring to as it pertains to risk, right?

Not so fast.

I challenge that by failing fast, and failing often, you’re actually slowing down risk… because you’re allowing yourself small steps of failure, instead of an unpredictable mode of a large, catastrophic failure that is bound to happen if you take big risks too fast.

Think of it this way, if you are trying to avoid every little failure and prepare for every single possible negative consequence, especially when you’re “risking” the unknown… you never learn about that unknown.

And learning is how you slow risk… failing fast is how you learn to do just that.

You see, Slow, the book, isn’t about going “slow” all the time, in everything… it’s about picking the highest leverage points at which to go slow. 

Right now, I think we need to get better at picking the right points to go slow… and that’s why I’m writing the book.

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Slow Politics

We rush to our vote every four years we elect a President, I think.

Why?

Because we vote “Republican”… or “Democrat” when we shouldn’t focus on that at all.  We need to slow down… and vote for the PERSON we feel is going to lead our country to prosperity, not the corrupted and “paid for” country we have currently.

I’ve said before on other writings, I’m MyPartisan.

But this isn’t about me… this is about you… and going slow enough to think about what our vote means.

Bottom line, we need to go slow with our vote, quit listening to the BS on the TV and the media, and make our own fucking decision.

We need to change the idea behind this quote:

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

~Emma Goldman

We need our voting, or whatever we put in place to replace voting… to change something.

Slow down, and think about the politics of your country.

Slow Thinking

How many times have you seen something interesting, say online, and immediately blogged about it… tweeted it… commented on it… etc…

Instead, why not slowly think about it?

Because you’ve got no time, right?  You’ve got to move on to the next thing, right?  If you don’t, you’ll be “behind,” right?

Wrong.

In our society of “go, go, GO”… I’m starting to see a disturbing trend develop.  Overall, the time we spend thinking about things is diminishing.

As a result, we see more “reactionary” thinking… instead of proactive thinking.  We lost deep thinking (for the most part) awhile ago.

Let’s get our deep, slow, methodical thinking back.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for “on the spot” decisions, but not everywhere.

And by the way, if we DON’T slow down, and think… that is exactly what advertisers, marketers, and for that matter politicians… want.  Because if you’re not thinking deeply, clearly, slowly… the decisions you make will be based on a limited amount of information that seems convincing on the surface.

TV commercials, or even worse… news media anyone?

But you don’t have to listen to me… and just for reference, my book and this blog are NOT meant to be academic writings.  They are written from experience, and careful observation however.  These things are happening, right now, as you read this.

So I encourage you, don’t listen to me, do your own research… observe your own habits… I’m pretty sure you’ll see what I’m referring to. 😉