At one point in my conversation with Austin Calvert, he advised, “speed is the poison.”

This mantra has taken the form of a gnat gnawing at my brain. I’ve thought about it for weeks.

Speed lends us the illusion of responsibility. It might appear as if we care about our work because we’re hurrying. But if you’ve ever stuck your head out of a car in the fast lane, then you know how hard it is to notice the details at 75 miles an hour.

So what’s better than speed?


A posture gives us agency. Agency is what sharpens our sight. When we hold up to a higher standard, we signal to ourselves that our work is too important to rush.

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