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Saving That Minute

Saving That Minute

The green light can’t last much longer, so cars speed up to go through it. Then it hits amber, and more cars really accelerate to make the turn. Finally, it’s red, but another couple go through on the assumption that, since the last time they looked it was amber, it’s still legal to go through the red. Smart drivers across the way delay accelerating until the second car goes through the red light to make the turn.

So those drivers turning save themselves the 60 seconds waiting for the light to turn green in their favor again. The question is, what do they do with that 60 seconds? What is accomplished that will change their lives? I’m betting they’re not brain surgeons rushing to an operation, nor even forensic accountants hurrying to an IRS audit. No, I think they’re people who will get to the golf course and sit around to wait for their tee time, or people who will get home a minute early to complain about traffic or the bills piling up, or people who will park the car, walk in those and wonder what they should do next. Maybe have a beer, or watch TV, or both.

No wonder they ran the light, it was an extension of their quality time. Of course, getting hit or hitting someone going through that light might have affected that quality time, as well.

Actors make choices which are reflected in their performances. So do we all.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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