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When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it – but all that had gone before.

Jacob Riis


Our results today; our performance today; our effectiveness today; is not from what we have done today; but all that we’ve done before.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Of all the wins that you’ve had along the way, the stuff that worked.  And the misses, the not so good outcomes, the work that didn’t work …

And of all those choices you’ve made over the years.  Personal choices and professional choices.  Life choices and work choices.  All those decisions …

I remember one of my early career decisions.  I turned down a coveted assignment, because it would have required a move to Omaha Nebraska …

Way leads on to way…

To where I am now.

And to where you are now.

What you know now.

And what you do now.

Life is a big rock!

It may take more than 101 blows.

Hammer away.

And however many blows choices it takes, it won’t be that last one that did it.

It will be all that had gone before.