Should I be a turtle or a rabbit?

By Stuart_R_Crawford
In MSP Coaching
February 19, 2013

Stuart R. Crawford / Stuart Crawford

MSP Business CoachSometimes life has a way of just slapping you in the face. I did something I rarely do these days and had a freakout session. Actually it was a good freakout session, it got me thinking about everything around me and how I approach certain situations. One additional positive thing about today is that compared to Stuart Crawford of 10 years ago, the freakout sessions are once in a blue moon versus daily.

It is hard to say exactly what was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” on this latest episode, but I knew it has been gathering momentum for a few weeks now. Those who know me well or those I work with know that I go to the ends of the earth for our clients and the MSP community and also that I hate seeing managed service providers being taken advantage of. This could be one of the contributing factors, I just hate seeing IT companies ripped off by scams and other costly courses or events. It just gets my blood to boil some days

I guess what I am trying to say is I am human and I sometimes make mistakes, OK not sometimes, I would say once a day.

Another behaviour contributing and adding fuel to my fire is “rushing”. Ever since I was at Cardinal Newman School in Niagara Falls, my report cards from Len Michaud, Jack Sheehan and other members of the faculty all said the same thing “Stuart is an exceptional learner and absorbs things around him but makes careless mistakes when he rushes his work.” You see, I have been wired this way since Grade 5.

But it was today, when Melissa took me aside and uttered these words of encouragement. “Stuart, slow and steady wins the race.” I am typing this blog post at 20 words per minute versus my usual 150 words per minute, trying to let how I really feel hit the blog.

Another key learning point I had more recently in my life was “when the coach is ready, the student will appear.” A wise woman shared this with me a few years back and it never really hit me until today. Who was the student?  I believe it was me, the coach and student at the same time. We all learn at our own pace.

So what is my lesson here? Is it better to be the turtle or the hare? I am going to try the turtle for a bit and see how that works.

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