“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill
This is a piece of advice from Harry of csswizardry.com an award-winning Consultant Front-end Architect, designer, developer, writer and speaker from UK, that really caught my attention much. I was once before aiming some big goals in life and what he stated below of the problem of having a big goals is really true. I was happened turn into disappointment, stressed and worst i surrendered. And this make me realize that i should start first on a smaller one. That goals that i only can manage and attainable that could not cause me any distress. If we think we couldn’t possibly make the big ones, why not try the small one first. Taking one pace at a time is much better than taking a shortcut way.
As a beginner, you must start with an extremely manageable and realistic goal and work up from there. So whatever you want to achieve—whether it’s losing 20 pounds, running a 10K, or just be able to jog for 20-minute without losing your breath—make sure your goal is realistic, and small. If you can’t fly Run, If you can’t run Walk, If you can’t walk Crawl, But by all means keep moving.
Rather than aiming yourself at one end goal, intersperse your career with much smaller ones. The problem with big goals is that:
- they can consume you, leaving you blinkered and obsessed;
- they can become unattainable, if circumstances change, or something out of your control prevents you getting there;
- they can let you down, if you achieve a goal only to be left unfulfilled or unimpressed by it;
- which means they can be anti-climactic.
Of course, that’s not to say don’t have any goals at all, just be sure to set smaller, more frequent ones. These will be attained more easily and more frequently, meaning you’ll feel like you’re making more progress. A small goal every two years is better than a big one every ten.
I’ve always tried to avoid big, monolithic goals purely because I know how much can (and will) change it all. I never once even thought about working in a large, product-based company, never mind thought about the fact I might enjoy that. It just so happens that working in such a place came about almost by chance, and it completely changed what I wanted out of my career. I didn’t have any other plans or goals that would get in the way of me pursuing this new interest.
A lot of changes in my career have come about almost serendipitously, meaning that a lot of it has just been changing things up as opportunities presented themselves (you just have to make sure you take them).