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There is nothing worse than rushing to get to a place that doesn’t move and will be there when you arrive. When getting in the car and drive, we take off like time is ticking, and we have to get there before anybody else. If someone in front of us is driving too slow, we will go around them just to get in front. Nobody wants to move behind someone driving ten miles below the speed limit and causes us to slow down. That’s irritating.

Well, I am here to let you know that I have become that driver who likes to take his time driving on the road and still arrives at my destination safely and on time and sometimes earlier than expected. It kills my wife and kids how slow I go because I am cautious on the road and have become a very defensive driver. It also leaves a lasting impression because I can predict if a car will cut in front of me just to beat the light. I worry about the other drivers hitting me because of two previous car accidents that caused significant injuries to my body. A driver caused a head-on collision several years ago and gave me my third concussion and back injury.

Unfortunately, I wish I could say the same when it comes to taking my time with my business work and reviewing papers that can support my company. Lately, I’ve been making crucial mistakes in providing incorrect digits for an institution for award purposes, rushing to judgment to get products in time for an event which caused indecisive decisions and financial setbacks.
Firstly, I was asked to participate in a pop-up shop event to sell my books and talk to people about my story.

I needed to order more books from the publishing company I used to self-publish my book. I attempted to get the book orders rushed instead of getting them delivered when they were supposed to, which would have been the following week. I wasn’t sure if I trusted the delivery and wanted to rush the order and called the company.

I called the company, and they assured me that they would help get me my books in time, and I had to buy a gift card to expedite my order. My call would go on for forty-five minutes, and three gift cards were purchased, and before I knew it, I was scammed out of $500. After realizing I was scammed, I quickly called my bank, the gift card company, and the store’s corporate office to tell them about my unfortunate incident. Oh Yeah! I am going to get a refund! The Better Business Bureau and The FBI are aware of this situation as well.

Secondly, when I received good news about an award for my business, I read over all the agreement details to ensure it was real and there was no scam going on this time. It was not a scam, and the information was valid by the state. All they needed was my signature, proof of my banking institution details, and confirmation that the data I provided was correct.

I was eager to get the documents over to the program and excited about the good news. I typed in the digits in the designated area and repeated them again as requested. Sign, sealed and, delivered within five minutes after I got the agreement. I was rushing and had ample time to check everything before hitting the send button and submitting the documents.

Lastly, because I lacked the judgment to double and triple-check the agreement. It wasn’t until after I sent the papers that I reviewed them to see that the digits for the institution did not match. Feeling ashamed, angry and, disappointed in me for the costly mistake, that this is my fault for rushing.

In conclusion, In taking time to reflect on these past two mistakes that have put a financial burden on my mind and my business, it dawned on me that it’s better to take it slow and take your time to do it right. Baby steps! It’s better to properly review your work and not rush to get to the dotted line. Just like your driving destination, that it’s not going anywhere. Just drive safely, don’t rush and, give yourself enough time to get there. Enjoy the journey!

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