Quite often, the winners of marathons are not the runners who sprint out of the starting line for an early lead. The eventual winners are typically further behind. They conserve their energy. They run at a moderate but steady pace. And at just the right moment, they emerge from the pack, passing the more exhausted runners ahead of them.
This illustration is expressed in the anonymous quote, “Who will go far must go slow.” It’s a reminder to not always interpret going slow as a bad thing. Similar to a marathon, there are moments in life when we must conserve our energy and take our time. Those moments of slowness prepare us to sprint. They are precious, especially when going far is our ambition.