jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

One (very) small step at a time

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -- Calvin Coolidge

I’ve seen too many people pull the pin. And of course, they don’t achieve lift off or the measure of success they dreamed of. (Oh dear!)

But it’s a fallacy: you’re not going to achieve anything in one giant leap. No, if you want to make it in your profession or craft, then doing something every day -- think Kaizen always -- is the only way to hit the target. (As Michael Nobbs advocates, 20 minutes of daily creative activity is what you need to hit your creative stride.)

I recognise that even in these few words that cliché abounds, but I’ve seen far too many people fail before they’ve even got going.

Little and (very) often should be your mantra. After that...well you’re in the lap of the gods. Remarkable content. Yes. Thought-provoking material. Definitely. Making a ruckus. Absolutely. But if you don’t show up every day, then you’re done for. (This credo doesn’t just apply to creative endeavours. It applies to every area of our lives.)

That’s it. Success doesn’t happen with lots of blue ocean thinking. It manifests when you show up religiously, and as if your life depended on it.

Or at least that’s how it feels for me.


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