New Forbes Article: If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together

by Michael Simmons on Jul 23, 2013


Everyday, at 5:30 AM, 23-year-old entrepreneur Nathan Latka’s iPhone alarm goes off. Seconds later, he’s in the kitchen making breakfast. He puts the frying pan on the lower-right burner and turns the dial to 7. What happens next is completely unexpected.

He sprints to the bathroom and takes a 4-5 minute shower knowing that if he stays longer, there is a risk of the house burning down.

On the one hand, Nathan’s ‘efficiency thinking’ saves time in the mornings and helps him in business. Nathan’s company, Heyo, is growing at 100%+ per year in part because of remarkable efficiency. It has 2,500+ customers, and their minimum plan is $25/month.

However, efficiency thinking comes with risks.

In this case, Nathan could be missing creative bursts of inspiration while enjoying a moment of relaxation in the shower.

When I started to write this article, my goal was to share the lessons learned of the world’s top relationship builders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. What slowly emerged as I conducted 15+ interviews was not simply a checklist of steps to build better relationships. It was a completely different paradigm of approaching one’s career and life that complements the drawbacks of ‘efficiency thinking’.

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I'm the co-founder of Empact, one of the leading entrepreneurship education organizations in the world. I'm obsessed with understanding how we all can lead meaningful lives that have a positive social impact. I love probing into the truth of how we experience life. I believe that challenges are what make us grow the most, and I openly share my experiences. Continue reading…


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