🐢 Slowness as success

And putting wellbeing first

Laurence McCahill
The Happy Startup School


First, a truth…

When you’re a company of one (or two), YOU are your greatest asset.

However we often prioritise:

  • Other people’s demands
  • The to-do list
  • Meetings

Often at the cost of:

  • That morning walk
  • The exercise class
  • Serendipity

But what if you made these things the most important?

When I started to do this, everything changed.

A few years ago I started ring fencing:

  • My morning dog walk
  • Time at the gym
  • Lunch

And SPACE in the day for any unplanned events life had in store:

  • Kids errands
  • Checking in on ageing parents
  • And a little spontaneity

Here are 5 things I learned:

  1. I was able to think more clearly and get perspective
  2. I became much more efficient with my time, working in short bursts
  3. I made better (more whole body) decisions
  4. Problems started to dissolve rather than build up
  5. As a result I became way less stressed

There’s a time in life when we can’t escape the busy-ness.

But when we are able to, we are in a privileged position to choose what we value the most. So we should honour it.

Taking time for yourself isn’t indulgent, it’s essential.

Don’t let the dashboard lights flash before you refuel.

Top up on the good stuff.

And see slowness as success.

You and your business will be better for it.

At The Happy Startup School we help you slow down AND speed up your ideas. We host 2 decelerators for founders and leaders — Alptitude and Summercamp — and a purpose accelerator for those looking to navigate what’s next — Vision 20/20.

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Laurence McCahill
The Happy Startup School

Designer, coach, entrepreneur. Co-founder The Happy Startup School.