I really like this article on how Steve Jobs was “incrementalism’s grand master.”
The piece illuminates an idea I like to keep in mind: Breakthroughs often seem like they happened overnight. But in many cases, I’d say this isn’t true. A “breakthrough” really isn’t a breakthrough. Most successful people admit they had to plod along for a while at the microphone, keyboard, cold calls, etc., in order to find success.
Jobs’s leadership revolutionized many things, but he had to get up to bat a lot to hit it out of the park.