It doesn’t say one is better than the other, although distance often matters more than speed. Losing weight, starting a business, raising a child, etc. There’s a reason many VC’s don’t take solo founders as seriously as cofounders. But sometimes going fast does matter more than going far. Maybe building a POC or testing a new product idea fits here.
It’s a practical quote, and I love it for that. When I’m starting something new, I should ask myself “do I want to go fast or far?” and that should tell me if I need a partner.