“If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.” Mario Andretti. One of my absolute favourite quotes - I love this.
It's less for me about saying, okay, things are under control, I don't want them to be under control, I need to go out there and be a bit more hectic. It's not about that.
It's also not about saying, it's okay where everything feels completely out of control - that's not what he's saying.
He's saying, if everything seems under control, you're probably not going hard enough. For me, actually, I think of this quote as a reassuring quote. When things don't all seem completely under my control - when I feel a little bit like I'm losing grip on the bends, when it feels like I might lose my back end and slide into the tyres a little bit - what it shows me is I'm pushing hard.
What it shows me is I'm leaning in.
What it shows me is I'm trying to make really good progress and actually, if it was all under control - if it was all easy and simple, if I didn't have any stress, if I didn't feel any pressure - the chances are that I wouldn't be pushing hard enough for me, and therefore I'm not getting the maximum results that I could otherwise get and maybe what I want out of business.
So I'm not saying that you want to be running your business like maybe Ayrton Senna, you know, right on the ragged edge all the time. Although for Ayrton Senna, he didn't feel particularly out of control. He just looked it because he was comfortable right on the edge there. But Mario Andretti, who was a bit of a hero driver in his own right, for example, might not want to be there with the arse hanging out every single corner. But he knows that if ever he feels really composed and whenever he feels really settled, the chances are he’s not pushing hard enough.
Therefore, when things do feel a little bit out of control - when they feel a bit squiggly, when it feels a little bit scary, a bit squeaky - then the chances are I'm bringing in what I need to bring in order to win a race, or in our game, to win at business, maybe win at life as a general rule.
So for me, to share that one more time, “If everything seemed under control, you're just not going fast enough.”
And the other way of looking at that is, if things feel a little bit out of control, that's probably a good sign that you're pushing. It's a really good sign that you are leaning into business. You're leaning into life.
It's a good sign that you're doing what you need to do in order to get the maximum results.
If, however, it feels completely terrifying - like you're going to lose it any minute, all the time - the chances are that's probably too much out of control and you might want to back off just a little bit.
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