Hypomanic America gives the message that action, preferably quick, is the way to succeed. Yet, experience and research both show that often the shrewd move is no move. There's that old story about test pilot Chuck Yeager, famous for having the right stuff, who survived breaking the sound barrier. Many other pilots had died in the process because they overcorrected when the going got tough. Yeager passed out. Therefore he did nothing. That saved him. Also he emerged a hero.
At 18 we are impressionable. We now know that humans aren't full formed in the gray matter until about age 25. When I arrived a first generation college at Seton Hill, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, I was introduced to the institution's slogan: "Hazard Yet Forward." Of course, the earnest blue collar kid who wanted to get ahead, I figured I should pay attention to that.
It's a puzzle that the meme still is part of Seton Hill's ethos. We know deep in our bones how long it often takes to figure out the next step, even in our thinking, never mind actually translating that into action. A new meme? "Hazard, Be Wicked Smart."