I’m founder and CEO of Yaygo Mobility. We’re a fast, fun, affordable transportation startup in San Francisco. We have a fleet of shuttles, you hit a button on your smartphone, and we get you where you need to be. What’s special about Yaygo is that we pick up passengers going along the same route — this makes us affordable and sustainable.
We’re at: http://yaygo.co
David Arcos facilitated the first part of our officers’ retreat for Haas’s Design and Innovation Strategy Club (DISC) — I’m DISC’s VP Finance and Sponsorship. David’s advice to “live slow and move fast” really stuck with me.
“Live slow, move fast” is a counter-argument to having “balance” in one’s life. Often we hear about the virtues of balance. To me that means everything in moderation and not acting quickly. David’s perspective flips the concept of balance on its head. ”Live slow” means taking the time to pause in life — for me that’s Shabbat, for Clay Christensen that’s bible study. What is it for you? The key is using these pauses to reflect on what matters to you, what excites you, what you want to do with your life. These insights only come through pauses, through living slowly. Once we have those insights, though, there is no reason to hold back. We can “move fast” towards our purpose.
This concept recently came up at a dinner I attended. One of the guests told a story about fundraising for a synagogue. When he approached a donor, the donor said, “tell me your pitch and I’ll write you a check.” It was that simple — the guest said simply how the synagogue would use the money and without needing to pause, the donor offered a contribution. Because the donor had a clear purpose in life, they didn’t need to pause to consider whether to donate to the synagogue — they recognized it immediately and “moved fast.”