Saturday, March 19, 2011

Big Achievements Start Small


The house was dark and quiet, yet I could hear the birds singing cheerfully outside my window. While the kids still slept in their beds, I decided that I would take some time to peruse Facebook.

The average day is often a busy one.  As a result, there never seems to be enough time to explore my friends' daily contributions.

This morning was a little different than most. I decided to take an hour and just stroll through a handful of profiles. It was interesting. I got to see a glimpse of their life. Pictures captured fun times with kids, friends, and family. The updates revealed where their minds had been. It was kind of magical, if you slowed down enough to see it.

It was after reading Peter Sim's recent TechCrunch article entitled, "Don’t Bet Big. Little Bets Are The Ones That Turn Into Billion-Dollar Ideas" that it came together for me yet again. It's not about the big idea, project, article, or report, but rather the small idea, project, article, or report that eventually becomes big.

"Where am I going with this?" you ask. Simply put, I am reminded of how important the small things really are. When I take a look around me, I see how participating in a bunch of small things can eventually become the "Big Thing." Below are just a few examples:

A Simple Paragraph
I often think about how much work goes into writing a dissertation or book. At first glance, it is a daunting task. However, if you think about the book as nothing more than a collection of simple paragraphs, then it doesn't seem that bad.  

A Short Update
Building and maintaining relationships with others can be very time consuming, especially if you know a lot of people. Fortunately, with social media, we can do our part by sharing updates and pictures throughout the day. Consider the idea of lifestreaming, which is made up of short updates, thoughts, and ideas. Add a picture and it's done.

A Single Meal
Creating an outstanding body won't happen by accident. To achieve this goal, one needs to start with a decision to eat right. At your next meal, decide to replace just one healthy item in place of a not so healthy choice.

In the end, the small things you do eventually add up. Sure, it may take a little longer to achieve your goals, but even the smallest drop of water has the power to change the face of wide beaches and majestic mountains. Where will you begin?

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