So you want to build something big and memorable and have your name in the history books of your industry, right? That's what most visionaries want, they have some big idea for the world and they are dying to get from point A-to-Z in the shortest possible time and as quickly as possible. It's an undeniable part of the urge that drives world-changers. But big change isn't always instant (as many of us know from experience) and trying to make it instant can easily become overwhelming, like my mum sometimes says of me "your eyes are bigger than your stomach." or rather, in this case I can say "Your vision is presently bigger than your current capabilities."
So what do you do when you have a big as hell vision but limited capabilites? You start building your big vision by working on little ideas. Get to where you want to be by starting and completing small steps that will some day add up to bring your big concept to life. For example, the average entrepreneur wants to be a millionaire, so they focus on developing ideas that will get them to a million- and I think most of us know that such ideas more often than not- fail.
The dream is possible, but the implementation is weak and impractical. Look at many of the great companies that are in entrepreneurial lore and legend, companies like Ford, Apple, Microsoft, Levi's- they weren't put together and successful in one to three short years, they took generations to build. Their founders took small steps forward and slowly built the future with ideas.
Too many people start out with a big-crazy idea and then get discouraged when it doesn't work out. They miss the small advancements that could have been made daily or weekly, or even quarterly. They fail to see that reaching the vision they have is not a sprint, but a marathon.
image from Manny
If you want to eat a mammoth break it up into small mouthfuls. If you have an epic idea, you need to break it up into smaller creative ideas that can steadily get you to where you want to go.
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