51. Carl Honoré: In Praise of Slowness

Hello my friends today, my guest is Carl Honore, author of a book called In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed.

Carl’s book came to me at the perfect time in my life. He was interested to explore and answer two questions. Number one – how did we get so fast, and two – is it possible or even desirable to slow down? Carl is an award winning writer, broadcaster, and TEDTalk speaker. He’s considered the voice of the global slow movement and talks about how to thrive in a fast world by slowing down. His TED talk on this same subject has been viewed more than 3 million times.

In his TED talk, he talks about bad slow versus good slow. The idea of time sickness and time exits, how we can get more out of time, slow time down. He talks about our tendency to race through life instead of truly living it.He spent a decade working as a journalist before really diving in to this slow movement thing.

He points out that we used to dial, now we speed dial. We used to read, now we speed read. We used to walk, now we speed walk, and we used to date, and now we speed date. He has explored what some people call the international slow movement, and he makes the point that when we slow down (at the right moments) that ultimately we’re able to do everything better. I hope you enjoy and benefit from this interview with Carl Honore. Thanks so much for listening.

00:03:58 – What’s life about?
00:13:58 – Time Sickness
00:36:38 – Eigenzeit & Tempo giusto
00:41:41 – The Lightning Round
00:51:00 – Writing lesson

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In Praise of Slowness: Changing the Cult of Speed
TedTalk: Carl Honoré – In Praise of Slowness