Make haste slowly
“Festina lente” is latin for “make haste slowly”.
It was the motto for many Roman emperors.
The gist of it is that you must always have urgency, but never be in a rush.
Find the balance between pressing for action and being patient for the timing to be right.
If you have no urgency you won’t be in place when opportunity crosses your path.
If you force things too quickly, you’ll make a mess.
Make haste slowly.
Originally published at The Big Almanac.