Thinking “small” is a topic that is recurring in the literature lately. The idea is to take small steps in a positive direction with the concept of having those steps accumulate into something significant.
Recently, I shared about a podcast with pro quarterback Tom Brady which introduced the concept of making choices and creating habits which contribute to a long record of success and built competence. It’s obvious from listening to Brady is the way he has achieved greatness is not so much from physical talent and ability. It’s more about putting practices to work consistently and constantly which are completely focused on his goal of being a winning quarterback. It isn’t a complicated process. What makes him unique is that he has done it so persistently for a long period of time.
Now, I’ve heard another podcast that supports this idea. The podcast is entitled Thinking Small on Freakanomics Radio. It features a book called Thinking Small written by Owain Service. In his book, he says big achievements are simple to explain. Challenging to do. But, you don’t have to be a genius to understand the process.
There is something to doing small, constructive things repeatedly to gain good results. There is also something to not doing constructive things and getting nowhere. I’m going to work on getting better at doing more constructive things.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.