Why showing up and steadily moving forward is a solid approach to lasting achievements.
Yesterday, I was listening to a well-known venture capitalist talk about startups. The discussion revolved around how apps either gained traction or they didn’t. The startup was a hit or it would fail, no gray area. Without significant traction (millions of users, monetization), they would pull out their money move on, no hard feelings.
Sadly, this is how a lot of businesses work today. People expect instant success and are quickly discouraged if they don’t achieve it. I wonder how Leonardo da Vinci would’ve operated in this environment?
Da Vinci didn’t get his first big break until he was 46. That’s more like 75 in today’s years. But what we know now is that he left behind a tremendous body of work in the years leading up to that big break.
Turns out he had a lot of ideas and unfinished projects like helicopters and power tools hundreds of years ahead of their time. It didn’t matter that these things weren’t instantly successful. Leonardo da Vinci was playing the Long Game. [Read more…] about Playing The Long Game.