Compressing Time

Note: Go gentle on me, dear reader. Too many gin & tonics at a business afterparty. I’m not sure if this is the best idea that I’ve ever slapped together or the worst. 🙂

There’s a lot that can be accomplished in a short amount of time. That’s one big lesson I’ve learned while going through the TechStars program here in Austin.

You can compress improvement and rapid growth (personally and professionally) within the right environment.

When you surround yourself with people striving for similar goals as you are,
or when you surround yourself with nothing but the goal, the work, the mission,
there is no room for laziness or slack. You are immersing yourself towards success. At the end, that success may look completely different from what you original thought, but from compression you’ve discovered a new meaning of success.

There’s a quote somewhere* shared in a Tim Ferris’s book that says something* like, “What would it look like If I did this in 6 months instead? 3 months?”

It’s a mental forcing exercise that allows you to consider if you only had a limited amount of time to accomplish something, what would you do to make it happen? What steps would you take? What would you do differently because of the limited amount of time?

This is a great framework when you find yourself stuck in the same old same old route. Improvement, growth, change are part of what it means to be human. If you’re stuck in the same patterns and ways of thinking your entire life without growth you are the equivalent of a stale pond without new water. Compressing time is like a stream of running water that breaks you out of your patterns, and questions things we just default to do, because we’ve always done them.

All that being said, this is a very binge mindset. You can make a case for the opposite.
Why rush it? Why not enjoy each moment instead?

It’s not sustainable to compress time in the long term, things break or get neglected. Working constantly can take a toll on your health and relationships in a serious fashion, for example. But in the short term compression can be a powerful thing.

Naturally, there’s a balance to all of this. Too much of one thing can be a bad thing.

Slow and steady is just as powerful (if not more so) than compression. What you can accomplish little by little, day by day is also a tool you don’t want to overlook.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

Daily Blog #534


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