Knee Jerks (Read time 0:23) I've always been good at “knee-jerking” a brilliant answer. I can flower up a response and snap it off to you before you can even blink twice. However I don't want to be good at that anymore. I don't have to impress anyone with my so-called “quick wittedness” or amaze anyone with pomposity. Maybe back in the day when I was CEO of MCI, when I was making my bones and building my world, I had something to prove. Not anymore, especially if it doesn’t serve somebody. I want to be good at pausing and thinking through a challenge, maybe doing some research or consulting others before I give away my decision or choose too fast.Business and life are now moving at the nearly the speed of thought, and I welcome and embrace that notion, and I’m ”dug-in deep” on the front lines of the tech revolution. However, these days when it comes to making smart, intelligent choices and decisions, I think that taking just a little more time to get it right, is better than shooting a blind arrow. Especially when it comes to growing your brand and exploiting your art.
J Michael Dolan

Knee Jerks (Read time 0:23)

I've always been good at “knee-jerking” a brilliant answer. I can flower up a response and snap it off to you before you can even blink twice. However I don't want to be good at that anymore. I don't have to impress anyone with my so-called “quick wittedness” or amaze anyone with pomposity. Maybe back in the day when I was CEO of MCI, when I was making my bones and building my world, I had something to prove. Not anymore, especially if it doesn’t serve somebody. I want to be good at pausing and thinking through a challenge, maybe doing some research or consulting others before I give away my decision or choose too fast.

Business and life are now moving at the nearly the speed of thought, and I welcome and embrace that notion, and I’m ”dug-in deep” on the front lines of the tech revolution. However, these days when it comes to making smart, intelligent choices and decisions, I think that taking just a little more time to get it right, is better than shooting a blind arrow. Especially when it comes to growing your brand and exploiting your art.


COMMENTS


Posted By Mukul
Great Post!
This is a great post Michael!


Posted By Psenn
Knee jerks
Well that's awesome for u guys who've had some success. Feeling less than at everything xcept my playing. But freelance sucks and too late to start something else. I'm boring and bored with myself. And can't stand to promote something I don't believe in anymore. Not a fun spot to be in.


Posted By Paula Maya
Knee Jerks
Hi Michael and all! It's crucial to understand the difference between reacting to something from the ego, with a knee jerk reaction, and listening and following intuition in present time. Intuition is never wrong, and it's not loud or obnoxious. But it is instant.


Posted By rachel
Too many neurons
Some times love looks like an idiot. I agree, the mouth fully speaking is fully foolish.


Posted By Jeff Gross
Knee Jerks
Well put and so true.


Posted By Greg
Knee jerk decisions
This wisdom is especially true in business or when making big career choices as an artist. Thank you.


Posted By Barbara
Think first
When I was younger, most of my decisions/actions were made in the moment as instant reactions. This formula ruined most of my relationships and jerked me into making some significant career mistakes. I see you clarified it in your illustration above, where the brain is located in the ass. As I matured (after many reactive mistakes), I made some kind of promise to myself to take a step back from reacting, take a deep breath, and like you said, take a little more time to get it right.


Posted By John Essex
Regrets
I was very popular in high school for my quick witticisms. Until one day I watched the words come out of my mouth in horror. They had bypassed my brain and my heart and flew like sharp arrows right to the personís ears who would be hurt. I know it sounds corny, but I have flashbacks of that moment that still elicit great remorse. This had such great impact on me that from then on, I carefully considered my words before spoken, and slowed down my decision-making. (Without procrastinating). I applaud this wisdom. Every person needs to learn this one and be reminded from time to time.

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