There’s a thought-provoking quote (that you’ve likely heard) by Desmond Tutu that goes,
“There is only one way to eat an elephant, a bite at a time.”
I don’t know why you’d want to eat an elephant… but that’s not the point.
Huge things, be it global problems, problems in our lives, or ideas and dreams we want to build, are all made up of smaller things.
What is a staircase but a series of steps?
What is a book but a layer of ideas turned into words turned into pages turned into chapters and encapsulated in a central theme? “Purple Cow.” “Leaders Eat Last.” “Big Magic.”
What is a computer but decades of innovation layered with design, manufacturing, physics, chemistry, and lots of love and hard work?
Each piece is it’s own and simultaneously adds up to something more.
Any problem that’s too big hasn’t been broken down into smaller pieces yet.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by a problem and then be unable to handle it, but if you break it down into its smallest components and eat a bite of it, one at a time, then it’s just a matter of time.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1121