Incremental Progress

by Krishna on June 30, 2009

If you have a dream about achieving something, one of the biggest illusions you can have is to wait for the right circumstances to open up so that you can start working on your dream. This includes stuff like:

  • I will do it when I find the time.
  • I will do it when I don’t have any other responsibilities.
  • I will do it when the stars are aligned.
  • … etc.

The problem is that you will never find an opportune time. There will always be work to do, bills to pay, responsibilities to attend to, family members to take care of and a million other things. As you keep waiting, days go by. And the days turn into weeks, weeks into months and suddenly years fly by and there is a different face in the mirror.

Instead, try to make some progress every day. If you are writing a program in your spare time, try to complete something on a daily basis. Maybe it could be a simple screen, or it could be a database method. Or it could be refactoring or a test case. Or checking if the labels are aligned or have the right spelling. Every bit you do counts towards the final goal.

Second, realize that nothing comes without sacrifice. If you want to lead the exact same life that you had previously, the new venture will not fit in. If you still continue to sleep 9 hours, keep the TV on all the time and spend the rest of the time partying and enjoying life, don’t be surprised if there is no progress. You will have to give up activities to achieve your greater goals. In some cases, you may have to give up some of your friends. In simple terms, there is no free lunch.

Last, the present trajectory of your life is determined by factors such as your job, and your family. And if you have a different dream, that, by definition, has a different trajectory. The point is, how much effort are you spending on each path? And are the efforts on the first path taking you closer to or farther from the second one?

{ 4 comments }

Bala July 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Nice one Krish. Procrastination is the biggest enemy in everyone’s progress.

Nisha July 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Very good article

Nitesh Shah July 30, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Nice Article. We should keep following our dream path may be not in Kilometres may be in meters, then only we can see our self on the position where we wanted to.

Seriously telling I became a fan of your articles.
Keep it up, All the best.

Krishna July 31, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Thanks Nitesh

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