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Ex Post Facto no. 18: Ferraris, Flowing Water, and Slow Racing
After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back for another Ex Post Facto, the email with 3 things you’ll wish you’d known earlier—just in time for the weekend. Thanks for joining! –Shane
War, supply chains, interest rates, shootings. I haven’t felt this crazy in a long time. I’m sure you can relate.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this, you’ve got a lot going on, too—on top of the stress and anxiety flying around in the world today. That’s not easy. But if there’s one thing I am sure about it’s this:
The people in your life want you to succeed.
Let’s be there for each other like we need them to be there for us.
Now on to this week’s Ex Post Facto:
One EXcellent bit of wisdom
"Life is not like water. Things in life don’t necessarily flow over the shortest possible route."
- Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
I love this quote, in part because it’s the antithesis of the Bruce Lee quote about being like water. And if you think about it, Bruce’s advice is necessary because we are NOT like water. And life it not like water.
But the main reason I love this quote is because it reminds me that IT’S OKAY for our path to take unexpected turns. IT’S NORMAL to hit bumps and have to climb stairs that we weren’t expecting.
I know too well the frustration that comes with things taking longer and being harder than they “should.” But you know what? It’s all right. We all face the same challenge here. And that makes it easier to bear.
One POST you won’t want to miss:
A Simple Formula For Increasing Your Chances Of A Breakthrough In Your Industry « My latest Forbes article is about lessons we can learn from my favorite Formula 1 story.
One FACT Of great interest:
Speaking of both fast cars and things not going as fast as they could for us… it turns out that Slow Biking Is Actually A Competitive Sport, in the Netherlands especially.
Basically you have to ride a bike to a finish line without (a) falling over or backing up; or (b) going outside of your lane. It looks ridiculous and also surprisingly fun. (Check out http://slowbiking.org if you’re intrigued.)
In this world where we give out so much praise and awards for speed and aggressiveness, it’s nice to see some value being placed on rolling a little differently.
Cheers to doing things in unexpected ways.
Much love—and pray for peace,