In the famous story of John F. Kennedy’s visit to NASA in 1962, the commander in chief introduces himself to the cleaner and asks, “what are you doing?” The cleaner replies, “well, Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon.”
When you’re making something that matters, every contribution counts.
It’s easy to look at the mundane tasks you have to do and be discouraged by how insignificant they seem (for example, this post is a statistically invisible drop in the ocean of more than 17 million published every day… seven-teen-million).
But you could also think about how greatness and magnificence are always made up of ten thousand tiny things. The greatest books of all time were all written one sentence at a time. Each word, each comma, each phrase is a tiny act of service to the creation at the end. The most awe inspiring building of all time reached into the sky one stone, one brick, one pane of glass at a time.
A cathedral can’t be built any other way.
The wannabe Picasso in my head likes to think that I can make monumental creations. And if I’m ok with my cathedrals remaining no more than visions then I’m allowed to dream all day long. But if I really want to be part of making a lasting impact, changing the world, I have to pick up my broom, sweep out those limiting beliefs every day and do the work.
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you came to build cathedrals, do the work.
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