This tweet reminds me of Woody’s Allen’s saying about showing up because of its simplicity. Being quiet, working hard, staying healthy, and remaining sane may seem like no-brainers, but I think it’s true that 40 years of doing all of these things will reap much success in life.
And staying sane is much harder than many realize. Success can ruin it. Lack of success can ruin it. Health, relationships, and time can all ruin it.
In his book Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, Yvon Chouinard talks about the importance of taking things one step at a time. Whether it’s climbing a mountain or starting a business, you’ll get discouraged by trying to accomplish the entire goal all at once. It’s better to only focus on the next foot placement when climbing, or the next sale for your business.
Ryan Holiday states the same thing in his book The Obstacle Is the Way. He explains how creating and following a process is key in any large undertaking. You’ll get nowhere if you think about the end result all the time; this only leads to stress, self-doubt, and feeling overwhelmed. It’s much better to take things day by day–maybe even minute by minute.
You can always make it another 60 seconds.