Gradually, gradually, then suddenly

constructive Feb 28, 2022

by Aubrey Patterson


Have you ever considered the time and patience required to visualize and actualize some of the world’s greatest achievements?

  • Builders spent 26 painstaking months to complete the Eiffel Tower.
  • Da Vinci took 4 years to finish the Mona Lisa.
  • Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel over a period of 4 years.

It takes incredible discipline to do seemingly ordinary things for an extraordinarily long period of time, especially when the daily results are barely noticeable.

But masterpieces are created gradually, gradually, then suddenly.

Gradually, gradually, then suddenly

In Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, a character named Mike is questioned about how he went bankrupt. “Two ways,” he replies. “Gradually, then suddenly.”

It didn't happen suddenly, you just noticed it suddenly. - Seth Godin

Hurrying and scurrying

We seem to have a default set to impatience.

While some things are best done quickly, the bigger elements of our life and our leadership suffer with our hurrying and scurrying.

Pressure to use our time wisely and produce quick results often leads to mediocrity.

Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing. - John Maxwell

Putting our teams and ourselves in a position for success requires patience and discipline. 

Expecting a remarkable result day in and day out is unrealistic, but an uncommon remarkable result will eventually come to a patient leader with uncommon discipline.



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