“The journey of a million miles begins with a single step” – Confucius (the original “Random Guru!”)
Let’s do some math for fun. There’s 5,280 feet in a mile, and a step is about 2.5 feet, so 2112 steps in a mile. It takes 20 minutes to walk a mile. So, 20,000,000 minutes (333k hours) to walk 1 million miles. There’s 5,840 waking hours in a year, so 57 years of walking non-stop everyday and taking 2.1 Billion steps. It’s not gonna happen, no matter how hard you grind.
It’s easy to grind towards a goal with the same techniques repeatedly but it may not be helping you, and may actually be PREVENTING you from seeing a better solution for progress.
The hard part isn’t grinding – the hard part is knowing when to grind and when to change your tactics. – TruthCake
“The journey of a million miles starts with the first step onto a shuttle to take you the rest of the way.” – TruthCake
How do you know if you’re grinding away on the right task? The answer is time. If you see progress, and then extrapolate that progress over a timeline, are you dead before you achieve it? If so, then it’s time to change tactics. If what you’re grinding out is creating enough progress such that you’ll achieve the goal within a reasonable time line, then keep grinding.
Alex Hermozi talks about this correctly when he mentions the techniques to get to $100k a year income are different than the techniques to get to $1M a year.
What thing have you been doing that when you consider the aspect of time, is probably not wise to continue on? What thing have you given up on too early, despite progress and a reasonable time to achieve the result, and you foolishly bailed on it because you wanted a faster method that didn’t work?