Slow Down to Speed Up


This post is by Clint Watson, former artwork gallery proprietor and founder of BoldBrush, recognised for FASO Artist Websites, the leading service provider of experienced artist internet sites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Painting Competition and the cost-free daily art marketing and advertising newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “art fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s downtown San Antonio, Texas place of work is full of primary artwork, as is his dwelling workplace which he shares with his two feline assistants Kiara and Lilly. You can link with Clint on TwitterFacebook or his personal weblog at


Going quick in company is critical, because pace is electricity.

As I have gotten more mature, additional skilled and, with any luck ,, wiser, I’ve realized that heading speedier generally means slowing down very first.

In our company, we usually have good suggestions.  But these tips are, at first, 50 percent-baked, not absolutely formed, want some experimentation, etcetera.  When I was youthful, I would get thrilled about an strategy and just leap in enthusiastically and start performing on it:  Begin coding it, start off a website post, start off emailing folks, whatever.  I would bounce proper to practices and implementation.  If the “notion” happened to be e-mail that wanted a reaction, I would just fire off a swift reply to “get it off my plate.”

I now comprehend evidently, however, that all the things we do can be regarded a bet.  We wager our time, assets and suggestions in the hope our project is a achievement.  And we can only make so several bets.

For that reason, we want to be certain to only make the right bets with the very best possibilities of accomplishment.  And all those bets we do pick out to make – we want to make them as compact as doable in the starting.  We must only make significant bets when we are almost guaranteed that they are the proper types to choose.

A single of the worst things a tech company can do is have developers construct a bunch of application that by no means receives utilised.  That’s a wasted guess.  The subsequent worse issue is to create a significant process that fails.  Which is also a squandered guess.

You want to make bets as small as doable by developing little devices or even by outsourcing when you are ready. 

So, now, when we have an plan, I have a uncomplicated rule:   I “load” the proposed “bet” into my thoughts as the best thought in my brain.   And then I sleep on it.  Sometime I even ponder it for a few days.

I have located, that slowing down in this way will allow my head to thoroughly form the concept, to take into account approaches to consider the guess in a way that minimizes necessary assets, and even to think about if we should pursue the thought at all.  Sometimes I notice whilst the idea was fascinating, it really is not a path which is appropriate with the enterprise or way of life we’re building.

This initial slow down makes it possible for us to hammer the notion into a thing that can be completed rapid and inexpensive which, in the end, lets us to move an order of magnitude a lot quicker on the idea.  Or, in the circumstance, of an e-mail, makes it possible for me to establish serious clarity all around the topic and to reply in the most favourable and complete way probable.

Sluggish down to go a lot quicker.



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