Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Is it the mountain or the grain of sand in your shoe?

"Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe." - Robert Service

Enormity of the mountain that you want to climb may be daunting at the outset but it is going to be that one grain of sand, if in your shoes, is going to give you  hell of a time while climbing that mountain. It may even become the determining factor if you can scale the mountain at all.

This is one of the best quotations that drove home the point perfectly.

You know, I have observed one thing. Many times it is the clutter on our work area that discourages us from starting the project. As soon as you clear the clutter and organize your work area, you somehow feel motivated to start the project. Take care of small things and bigger things start taking care of themselves. Small things when done well lead to good results. Good result is not a small thing.

"Don't sweat the small stuff. It's all the small stuff." - Ignore, attend to and do whatever necessary to take care of minor issues first. Without such things out of your way, nothing significant is going to happen. It is also a good way to remember this quotation while doing retrospection or analyzing something that is not going well.


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