Minute 751: Cool, Calm and Collected

“Why are you wasting so much time building that file?” Mr. Evans asked his associate. “It’s not such a big deal, you know.”

“You and I grew up in different eras, my friend,” Mr. Zolty replied. “I was taught if you are going to do something, do it right!”

“I like to be right, too, but if I was as meticulous as you are about every little thing, I’d never get anything done,” Mr. Evans said.

“You’re one of the new multi-taskers who juggle several tasks simultaneously and hope you don’t drop one of the balls,” Mr. Zolty observed. “When I decide to do something, I make it my primary concern and try to get it completed before I attempt anything else. It’s an old-fashioned approach, my friend, but it works.”

The fast-paced world we live in creates the impression that we lack a precious commodity called “time.” In fact, a day is 24 hours and it has never been more and never will be less. In the not-so-distant past successful people were less stressed because they immersed themselves in the job they were tackling at the moment.

First one prepared completely and tried to anticipate all possible obstacles one might confront. Then one gathered the tools and information needed to carry the task through to completion. Once one was “ready,” one did what had to be done and did not allow oneself to be distracted by conflicting interests that made demands on one’s time. With certainty that one was doing what one should be doing, one could focus on that project and more calmly deal with the pressures created by a desire to succeed. Prepare, focus and do! A formula for calm success!

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

Worry comes from a fear of things not turning out the way you would like. Happy people are not dependent on others, but only on themselves. They view everything they have as a guest would and are happy with whatever they get. If they lose material things, they are not disappointed. They are grateful for the time they had it. (Gila Felder, Letters to a Friend, p. 80)


Rabbi Raymond Beyda serves in the Sephardic Community in Brooklyn, N.Y. He lectures to audiences all over the world. He has distributed over 500,000 recorded lessons free of charge. He is author of the book 1 Minute With Yourself: A Minute a Day to Self-Improvement, Sephardic Press, 2008.