Everyone wants excitement in their time—except for the people who live to see excitement in their time. Secret truth about life No. 436 is that great things are accomplished through the ordinary and the mundane. Exciting results rarely come from exciting work.
Consider railroads, bridges, and walls. Beautiful streets were laid brick-by-brick. Trains travel on rails that sit atop one tie after another. Poured concrete fills molds that are assembled one plate at a time.
Steady, continued, boring, yet thoughtful work is not only the master craftsman of great accomplishment. It’s not only honorable and exemplary. It is powerful.