Chapter 7. Calm Down to Speed Up

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Always take an emergency leisurely.

Chinese proverb

NIKOLAY, AN EXCHANGE STUDENT from Eastern Europe, was struggling three weeks into the fall semester. He was to be at Vanderbilt only one semester and was having a hard time. He was in my MBA leadership class and came to see me. Nikolay could not focus or concentrate, was lonely, missed his family and badly missed his girlfriend, and was falling hopelessly behind in his finance course. He could not seem to study in his room or in the library. He felt a mental block toward finance and could not force himself to do the assignments. As we talked, I sensed a person ...

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