On the value of intentional inaction



Sometimes, when you’re desperate to make progress, you move too fast. You miss clues and inputs that could help you avoid costly mistakes. You don’t think things through.

To speed things up, delay.

The present value of your business is the sum of all future cashflows — in this case ideas, people, products, customers, money — discounted to the present day. Decisions you make now will be compounded. Your screw-ups are just as likely to grow exponentially as your triumphs. Actions you take now are hugely significant.

Move fast and break things… slowly. Build short periods of reflection and analysis into your breakneck journey. A few days of intentional inaction is worth weeks of headless chicken impersonation.

Edward Rhys