Two people are in a 100 mile race. One is heading in the opposite direction of the finish line at 50 miles per hour and the other is heading toward the finish line at 25 miles per hour.
Who will finish the race first?
If you didn’t focus on the direction each person is heading, you’d most likely answer that the person going 50 miles per hour will arrive first. After all, they are the fastest. However, they will actually be last. In fact, the’ll never complete the race at all. Meanwhile, the person going half as fast will not only finish but arrive first.
Interchange the 100 mile race with life, and the same logic applies when it comes to speed vs. direction.
This quote, by an unknown author, is about focusing on your direction more than speed. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how fast you go if it’s in a wrong direction. “Many people are going nowhere fast.” Meaning direction (not speed) is key.