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Brick by Brick: Building The Dream

Starts with one brick.

“You don’t try to build a wall… You don’t start there … You say, I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day and soon you have a wall.” – Will Smith

There’s a lot to be said for the daily dedication to small, repetitive tasks. When you begin your day and look at the massive amount of work that needs to be finished, you may think that skipping a few details won’t matter. At the time, you may wonder why you should stop to file one sheet of paper, to prepare your facts for that 10-minute phone call or even to simply check your purse/wallet to see if you need to add more business cards before you leave the house (I’m totally guilty on that one.)

In the video below, someone compiled Will Smith’s personal philosophy about work and life. The brick quote stood out to me as it seems to be the foundation of his entire career. Who would have guessed that a skinny rapper from Philly would be able to build his “wall” – his award-winning entertainment career? It only happened because he was willing to take each brick or opportunity and give it the attention and respect it deserved.

Committing oneself to do the absolute best at each step of journey is what separates the good from the great. In order to excel at each level, you must be willing to listen while you put your lessons into practice. Many may think that degrees or test scores prep them for automatic success. They don’t and won’t. They may measure what you can retain, but they certainly don’t predict how well you’ll use your resources. That’s where you separate yourself from the pack.

Remember, daily diligence, constant learning and patience are necessary tools as your build your dream. Go grab a brick.

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This entry was posted on 10/30/2012 by in All About the Business, DOOR #3.
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