In almost every situation when some idea hits our mind, without wasting a second we wish to apply it. And most of the times we do it. ‘Haste makes waste’ is an old saying but accepted by almost everyone. One definition of decision is our ability to make choices quickly and confidently, but not always we make perfect decisions is also true. It is said, ‘Haste is the characteristic of devil’ and we all know the position of devil. A simple example can show how haste can change your life. A student with the fear of time shortage completed all the questions in time and got many of them wrong and hence failed. Only if he had solved them with carefulness, even if he attempted few questions, he could have passed.
For sure, many examples show, haste is a direct road to error. Haste is just a synonym of waste. It’s a natural thing, every time someone makes a mistake he wishes he had taken more time to think or apply for process. Instead of regretting, why not get rid of it? Acting quickly or instinctively is, no matter for what reasons, never a good response to crisis.
Big situation or small, urgent or relaxed, every situation demands us to be careful and thoughtful. Same assignment was given to two students. One utilizes the available time efficiently and formulates a strategy to solve it, whereas the other does it in streak to show how quick he is. Familiar with the situation, we can evaluate the result. If only the latter had tackled the assignment with little concentration and took time to complete it, his result would have been opposite. This example shows that haste is the enemy of perfection.
These are some hypothetical examples, also if we consider the practical life we can see how so many states have been ruined by hasting decisions made by people. The decisions taken in haste by world powers at Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan have aggravated the situation from bad to worst. It is haste, paucity of well devised strategy, lack of intelligence and exit strategy which brought destruction, anarchy, chaos, political turmoil and rise of monstrous terrorist organization like ISIS. Despite the use of high tech war machinery and well trained military and intelligence agencies, world has seen an uplift in terrorism and extremism. Former Prime Minister of Britain, Mr. Tony Blair, acknowledged the ill effects of haste by tendering an apology to the world for abysmal consequences of their hasty decisions. In an interview to the CNN host Fareed Zakria he said,
“I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong. I also apologize for some of the mistakes in planning and, certainly, our mistake in our understanding of what would happen once you removed the regime.”
We are living in a strenuous world or say a strenuous life where every person is in haste. Each person is in race with the other and therefore we have all created a misconception in our minds that we cannot succeed if we do not act in haste and be the first in every endeavor. Little they know that time is what that matters the most, whoever uses it wisely is sagacious in reality. A friend of mine was called for an interview, when she went there she sat down calmly and answered all the questions with tranquility. She didn’t make haste to impress them because she knew manners require time not haste. She knew the answers she will give in haste were useless.
― Lewis Carroll once said,
“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”
To be always in hurry has become our routine. We are always in haste to do our jobs and impress others but forget that people not remember how fast we did work but how well. Haste shows a person’s nature and a person in haste can also be described as Impatient. And we all know what kind of impact an impatient person make on others. Impatient people always make errors.
Hasting plays a unforgiving role. For instance, when you rush to get things done early, you unknowingly make so many mistakes that costs too much. After that you realize you should have taken time. Similarly when you say things in haste to someone without noticing, you ruin so many relations, as it is said, ‘A bad wound can heal but bad words can never’. Hence, why say unjust words which we actually don’t mean but utter in haste. Besides this all, there are many examples that show how decisions made in haste, no matter made with good intention or bad, failed.
William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet once said, “Wisely and slow; they stumble that runs fast’’. This also demonstrates that whether it is some decision made or some work done; in haste both falls.
Let’s consider ourselves, when we act too quickly we end up getting nothing but losing something. Be it work or home chores, everywhere haste provides with no good result. You are in a hurry; you cook in hastiness and imbalance all the ingredients. What do you get? Nothing, in fact you doubled your work. Similarly in hurriedness, you are given some calculation from your boss to do. In your quickness you did it totally wrong. Along with exasperation of your boss you got to do it again. By doing it hastily, you wanted to save your time but look what you got.
We are all well aware of the story ‘Slow and steady wins the race’; the story illustrates that perseverance is always greater than speed.
However this all does not mean to procrastinate and keep delaying your time. You must begin on time but first be prepared and be sure!
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Have you ever done something poorly because you wanted to get it over and done with and looked at it and realized that it wasn’t good? I certainly have. My essays turn out the worst if I don’t focus completely on what I’m doing. (But don’t worry – I’m not doing this half-heartedly). That’s why I agree with the statement haste makes waste.
In golf, if you want to win a tournament, you have to be sharp and focused. But there’s more to it than just getting the ball into the hole. You have to think about what club to use depending on how far away the hole is, and once you’re putting the ball in you have to think about slope. All of your moves are aimed at getting the ball into the hole, and if you make one silly mistake, it can mess up your game. I’ve noticed sometimes that some players play golf half-heartedly – it’s almost like they’re thinking about something else or being too under or overconfident. I think that at the Masters tournament today, Tiger Woods was good at the beginning and catching up to everyone, (like he usually does) but then at the 16th hole it almost felt as if he had low self-esteem – which might be why he ended with a score of -8. At the 17th and 18th holes he didn’t do very well either, probably because of the low self-esteem and the pressure. Then again, you have to take into account that he recently had a knee surgery, so he’s still recovering from that. But I think that if he had believed in himself and taken a little while longer to concentrate on some of his shots, (especially the shot that went far off the green at the 17th hole) he might have been closer to winning. That’s why it’s better to slow it down and think it through, and to take it one step at a time. After all, you only have one shot at winning the Masters every year, so why not make it your best?
I can definitely relate the phrase haste makes waste to homework. Sometimes, you just really don’t feel like doing it. (Actually, I’m sure that everyone who has been through school has experienced that at one time or another). If it’s a beautiful day outside, you want to go and play sports and relax rather than doing more schoolwork – when you’ve already had a long and tiring day at school. So you sit with a pencil, your math textbook, and graph paper and hastily scribble down some answers about angle bisectors. When you check your answers at the back after you’re done, if you did it hastily while thinking about playing outside, chances are that most of them were wrong. This goes to show that even if you know about angle bisectors (or whatever it is you were doing) you were doing it half-heartedly. In my opinion, you might as well have not been doing it because it was a waste. Think about everything that you have to do as only having one chance to make it right – if you focus on it and put your all into it, then you’ve given it your best shot, and in the end, that’s what counts. So, try not to be hasty about things that you have to do, (like homework) because the more you focus on it and get it done quickly, chances are you’ll be soaking up the sun outside in no time.
In conclusion, I think that doing something well has a lot to do with focusing. No matter what you’re doing – writing an essay, playing golf or solving math problems – all of them involve concentrating. The more you go through life, the more you’ll learn that doing it well and quickly is better than doing it quickly and not doing it well. So, slow down – think it through and check for mistakes, because chances are you’ll finish it with fewer mistakes if you take your time. In a test, you only have one chance – in golf tournaments, you only have one chance – so live in the moment and turn that one chance into something spectacular.