Have a big goal? Start with steady progress, no matter how small

I love this recent blog post about the power of making progress, no matter how small the increment:

“Nathan Barry, a normal guy from Idaho with a wife and kid, found the time to write his book in thousand word chunks.

Jonathan Hardesty, an aspiring artist who started at “rock bottom”, did
one sketch or painting every day. It took him years of work, but he
went from untrained to professional artist.

Tim Cawley, with a
day job in advertising, squeezed in work on nights, early mornings, and
holiday breaks for two years to complete his documentary. It’s now
showing at film festivals across the country.”

I’ve often said
that I want to write a book; so many of my friends are best-selling
authors, I feel left out! But I always point out that I don’t have time
to write a book. After all, I’m an entrepreneur, investor, speaker,
father, and numerous other things.

Yet, since I started
blogging in 2001, I’ve published 1,522 blog posts (and that’s just on my
main blog). At an average of 500 words per post, that means my blog
includes over 750,000 words…or roughly 7 1/2 books worth of content
over 11 years.

Since I joined Twitter in 2007, I’ve published
4,936 tweets. At an average of 20 words per tweet, that’s nearly
100,000 words…or roughly a single full-length book.

It’s time
I stopped making excuses and started writing. My New Year’s resolution is the following:
Before the end of 2014, I
will have written a full-length book, published or not.

You heard it here first!

2 thoughts on “Have a big goal? Start with steady progress, no matter how small

  1. I would love to read your book! I read your blog since just recently but I watched your interview with Ramit Sethi. Very inspiring thoughts – and I am not the only Ramit's follower thinking that.

    I would also recommend making an audio book, reading by your own.

    And, BTW, Februar is almost over – did you make any baby steps already? 🙂

    Best Regards and thank you very much for sharing your thoughts

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