Paso a Paso

One Step at a TimeLessons in Spanish and life. Today’s word of the day, paso a paso, from my Spanish Dictionary tutorial is yet another example of the insights my move to Morelia is exposing.

None of us can take more than one step at a time (Paso a Paso) and yet many of us try. In a hurried up world trying to get over the ground as quickly as possible is not only tempting but often encouraged. In reflecting on my early software development days the conventional wisdom and culture being shared was ‘go fast’ and ‘speed counts.’ There were a number of seemingly valid reasons; first to market with the next big thing, competitive advantage, and the list went on. It became so much a part of the ecosystem that any alternative tempo was regarded misdirected or worse.

One brick at a timeThere were countless stories from the period of 1999 and 2000 that saw the meteoric rise of companies, their attraction of capital, addition of employees, and valuations. With the dot.com bubble it evaporated like an early morning mist being warmed by the sun on a spring day. Excessive exuberance was not a new phenomena then and had been part of the landscape since then, often induced by the ‘sophisticated’ market leaders.

Vista Express Garden CafeThe pace in Morelia I have described as three quarter time. There is a peace and elegance that comes with it. From meetings to meals there is no sense of hurry. And the slower I go the more I see. Come for a visit. Somethings just need to be experienced. Stay tuned for the inaugural tour of Michoacan. It will be an experience extraordinaire.

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