Amy Rees Anderson

“If You Don’t Have Time To Do It Right the First Time…”

“If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, how will you ever have time to do it over.”

That has always been one of my favorite quotes because it makes such a good point!  Seriously, if you can’t take the time to do it right you sure as heck don’t have the time to redo it again.  I have never understood people who rush through something because they are in such a hurry to then have to go back and do the entire thing over again.

Today I spent a crazy number of hours having to fix something for a company that hadn’t taken time to do right the first time. I was so incredibly frustrated especially because this isn’t the first time I have had to redo this very thing for this same company.  I couldn’t help but think about how greatly it damages your trust in a company when they consistently can’t seem to get it right.  In the spirit of wanting to help this company I wanted to take them by the shoulders and scream “please, please, please take the time to get it right so we can stop redoing it over and over again.”

People often say, “I was rushed and had no choice but to do it quickly” but if you stop and think about that statement it genuinely makes no sense at all.  Doing something accurately may take a few extra minutes up front but it will save you an incredible amount of time later.  It will also save you the pain and expense and time of having to redo it.  And most important it will help you keep people’s faith and confidence and trust in you.  If you deliver things accurately up front you gain the respect and trust of others and the benefit to your business is amazing.

Don’t make excuses.  Don’t blame it on not having enough time. Don’t justify sloppiness.  Don’t whine about it.  Instead pull yourself together, take a deep breath, and JUST DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

Have a great day and don’t forget to take the time to do it right.  Your reputation for accuracy and reliability is worth GOLD BABY, GOLD!!!

~Amy

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