Great & Noble Versus Small


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“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
–  Hellen Keller, the famous deaf-blind American author and educator.

We all like to do the ‘sexy’ stuff.  And to be working on stuff that is big and exciting.

But sometimes we forget that to enable the big stuff we have to work a lot on the small things and very often they’re not ‘exciting’.

I was watching a documentary recently about U2 and I was really surprised to see how much they practice before playing a gig.  And their process for creating new music wasn’t as ‘easy’ as I’d thought it would be.It came across as if they really worked hard at everything they did.  (And quite boring!)

I like the above quote because it reminds us to strive for excellence in whatever we’re doing right now – especially the small stuff

That will set us up for the very best next moment and when put together will add up to excellence.

There is no ‘silver bullet’.  It’s small tasks done with excellence day after day.
No harm to remind ourselves and those working with us (especially if they get distracted going after the great things at the expense of the small)

Food for thought.

Have a great week,