The Importance of Being on Time

PunctualityI’ve had a complex relationship with punctuality over the years. The United States is a tolerant culture when it comes to people that arrive late, but nevertheless, for many people (especially in the business world) tardiness is a cardinal sin or at least an event that puts a stain on the perception of the person’s character.

The advice given to me recently that I like, and intend to follow, is to:

  1. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to everything.
  2. Bring something short to read in case you actually do arrive early.

Of course, this requires careful planning, and never pressing the “snooze” button in all its manifestations.

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