Vinny Gambini: Oh, oh, oh, I’m sorry. You testified earlier that the boys went into the store, and you had just begun to make breakfast. You were just ready to eat, and you heard a gunshot. That’s right, I’m sorry. So, obviously, it takes you five minutes to make breakfast.
Mr. Tipton: That’s right.
Vinny Gambini: Right, so you knew that. Uh, do you remember what you had?
Mr. Tipton: Eggs and grits.
Vinny Gambini: Eggs and grits. I like grits, too. How do you cook your grits? Do you like them regular, creamy or al dente?
Mr. Tipton: Just regular, I guess.
Vinny Gambini: Regular. Instant grits?
Mr. Tipton: No self-respectin’ Southerner uses instant grits. I take pride in my grits.
Vinny Gambini: So, Mr. Tipton, how could it take you five minutes to cook your grits, when it takes the entire grit-eating world twenty minutes?
Mr. Tipton: [a bit panicky] I don’t know. I’m a fast cook, I guess.
Vinny Gambini: I’m sorry, I was all the way over here. I couldn’t hear you. Did you say you were a fast cook? That’s it?
[Mr. Tipton nods in embarrassment]
Vinny Gambini: Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen than on any place on the face of the earth?
Mr. Tipton: I don’t know.
Vinny Gambini: Well, perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove. Were these magic grits? I mean, did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?
I have a…pet peeve.
We want things to be so quick and easy these days.
My wife makes homemade granola. It takes her a while.
It is so good. Much better than the store-bought kind.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a fan of quick and easy. I love convenience. And if a website or an app takes too long to load (longer, say, than 1/10th of a second), I grow impatient.
But, maybe, some things actually take a while.
Maybe good things take quite a while.
For just one example: I remember reading some books by David Halberstam a few decades ago. They were thick; lots of pages. Lots and lots of pages. It took a while to get through his books.
And, every minute spent was worth it.
Recently, a participant in our First Friday Book Synopsis events told me that he got more out of my synopses than he did from reading the book for himself.
Now, I encourage people to read books on their own; slowly, carefully, thoroughly. But, in my synopses, I do my best to take people on as deep a dive as I can in the time allotted. (And, yes, that time has expanded over the years. “15minute” business books has become more like 25-30 minutes). And, when I present my synopses to companies or organizations or teams, it is more like an hour, even an hour+, on the content of one book.
I like presenting the longest versions of my synopses…
A book is not a tweet. Or a blog post. When written well, by a careful writer who has done good research, and maybe developed a lifetime of expertise, a book provides quite a deep dive into the subject matter.
And that takes more than a page or three.
And I try to provide as much of a deep dive as I can in my synopsis presentations.
Now, here’s the point of this post; don’t let your desire for speed and convenience deprive you of depth and understanding. Maybe you need slow, leisurely, more thorough learning experiences. Like you can get from reading a book carefully and thoughtfully.
Like you can get, I think, when you attend our monthly events or bring me in to present a synopsis to your team.
There is much to learn. Take your time; learn it well. It will pay rich dividends.
Remember: “No self-respectin’ Southerner uses instant grits. I take pride in my grits.”