Slow and Steady Wins the Race

March 12, 2024

Caffeinated Thought of the Week:

I love Steve Martin, from movies like “Father of the Bride", “Planes Trains and Automobiles”, and “Cheaper by the Dozen”, as well as his stand-up comedy. Steve was definitely not an overnight success. In James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, there’s a quote from Steve: “10 years spent learning, 4 years spent refining, and 4 years as a wild success.”

How did he persevere for 14 years without giving up?

  1. James Clear states it’s from The Goldilocks Rule, which is “humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard, not too easy.” For instance, many people abandon extreme diet plans because they’re too challenging. We’re going to be eating for the rest of our lives guys, and maintaining a sustainable pace is crucial for long-term success.
  2. Your passion grows as you grow closer to mastery.
  3. Be sure to measure your progress and receive feedback frequently.

Quote of the Week:

“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.” - George Lucas

Reflection of the Week:

Is there any area of your life where you could push yourself a little more or less to use “The Goldilocks Rule” to help achieve long-term success?

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