“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” –Napoleon Hill

 

Some of the most successful people who have ever lived were people who got stuff done one step at a time. Everyone wants to succeed at the big stuff—but it’s when you develop an eye for the ‘smaller’ things that you really begin to make the world a better place.

 

Not as many people care about the smaller things—but small things add up to make big things. Long-term goals are achieved in small portions, and small portions of goals are achieved in our daily routines and rituals. Choosing to succeed often begins with the ‘random’ moments when nothing else is going on. What you choose to do with that extra day off, or even with that extra hour during the afternoon—these are the things that determine success.

 

If you ever feel limited by circumstances, then take heart in the fact that you are definitely not the only one who has felt that way. Many people give up because they don’t have enough money, resources, or talent—but in truth, the only thing that you truly need for success is the willingness to move forward, to learn, and never to give up.

 

Never let a lack of resources stop you from dreaming big. If you can’t afford college right now, educate yourself and learn with library books while you save up for it. If you can’t afford to buy that house right now, make your apartment the nicest in the building while you work toward buying something bigger. If you don’t have the strength today to do 300 pushups, then do as many as you can—and then do crunches on top of that.

 

Do the very best with what you have to work with. Make yourself the most efficient professional in sight, and never miss an opportunity to work toward something better.