He who is slowest in making a promise is the most faithful in the performance of it.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Making quick decisions is a skill that many of us have, or at least would like to have. Sometimes, though, those decisions involve promises to others. Repaying a loan is an obvious example. But when we enter into financial obligations, what are we trying to achieve? Have we fully considered the implications, or the consequences if we fail? Or do we make a quick decision and just hope we can meet our obligations? What Rousseau was suggesting is that when we consider such questions carefully before signing on the dotted line, or offering our hand, we are much more likely to come through and deliver what we have promised.

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