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The Age of Speed is a curious but pleasant little book and – surprise! – a fast, easy read. Author Vince Poscente believes the increasing pace of contemporary life is a blessing, not a handicap. A former competitive skier who clearly values speed, he gracefully moves from point to point. He warns of the dangers of clinging to quaint, old-fashioned notions. He offers new emotional and psychological perspectives that will help you understand how to thrive in a galloping world. But the book is short on practical tips for actually embracing speed, eliminating drag or, most of all, concluding that your current approach to speed is less than useful. getAbstract recommends it to flexible thinkers seeking a better handle on current and emerging social trends, and on life’s accelerating pace. However, you may also need a deep understanding of change management to get the most from Poscente’s wisdom.

About the Author

Vince Poscente, a former Olympic skier, is a business consultant and speaker.

 

Summary

Speed! More Speed!

In a world of constant acceleration and shifting priorities, speed is more important than ever. Speed transforms every aspect of life – not just business and technology. Society wants speed. People have little tolerance for waiting or for anything being slower than absolutely necessary. You know the symptoms: instant insurance quotes on the Internet. Self-checkout at the supermarket. Text messaging on your cell phone. Automatic bill paying on your home computer. Shaving seconds off any transaction generates an intense perceived advantage. Time is clearly worth more now. The tension between “finite lives and infinite imaginations” drives society, though for some people, more choices create more anxiety. But since nothing short of a social breakdown will slow the pace, you have two choices: Stress out from the speed or adapt in ways that strengthen your quality of life.

Embracing speed isn’t easy when you’ve been taught to “stop and smell the roses” and that “haste makes waste.” Consider Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. The slow, steady tortoise won the race – but only because the arrogant hare took a nap after sprinting to a sizeable...


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