Steps and Leaps

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 18:50
Photo of a person suspended in air.

Forward progress is made through a combination of steps and leaps.

Steps are the smallest possible actions necessary to keep moving. They build and maintain momentum. They are the daily and hourly actions that create and reinforce habits. They are the unglamorous daily grind, sometimes resulting in reaching the intended destination and sometimes resulting in getting stuck in a rut.

Leaps are the exact opposite. They can be hail mary attempts when your down by a touchdown with only a few seconds left on the clock. They can be demonstrations of courage by taking a bold stance or taking a massive action. They can be terrifyingly risky, all-or-nothing gambits that can lead to total victory or defeat.

Both options have their pros and cons, but like so many things in life, the best approach is usually a strategy that blends the best qualities of the extremes.

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Quick Stats: Chief Product Officer of DRUD Tech. Author of Winning the Lottery Within. Graduated from MIT in '03 (BS) and '09 (PhD). Life hacker and peak performance enthusiast. This blog is my experiment in creative writing, self-expression, and sharing what I've learned along my journey. For more information, read my full bio here or contact me.