What a Lot a Little Is

In 1626, Indians sold what is now called Manhattan Island, New York. White settlers purchased it for a pile of trinkets worth only $24. Manhattan’s value as real estate is now appraised at $23.4 billion. But if the Indians had sold those trinkets for $24 cash and placed the money in a six percent compound-interest account, their investment would now total $27.6 billion. And if today’s Indians had inherited this fortune, they could buy back Manhattan and still have over $4 billion left in their account.

That isn’t to say the Indians got a fair deal, but rather to illustrate that what seems like a little bit might be a lot more than you thought. In other words, great accomplishments don’t necessarily require a huge initial investment, the talent of a genius, an incredible windfall, or a Herculean effort. Great accomplishments are possible for anyone who can must just a little bit and then keep at it with persistence.

Consider another example: just as $24 isn’t much principal, and six percent isn’t an attractive interest rate by today’s standards, a highway built at a seven percent grade isn’t what anyone would call steep. If you stood at one end of a straight, three-mile stretch of this highway, you might swear it was level! But it’s not. And there is such a highway. It begins at sea level in California, and without ever exceeding a seven percent grade, it eventually reaches 12,095-foot Independence Pass in Colorado, at which point it acquires the distinction of being the highest paved road in the United States. It’s so high that trees don’t grow there. Only arctic tundra can survive the brutal climate. Hurricane-force winds sometimes slam across the pass, and snow is possible any day of the year. Even during a middling gale, the chill factor can easily plunge to minus 95 degrees in January. Yet you can drive there during summer, enjoy a 360-degree view of the magnificent Rocky Mountains; and all the way from the warm, sunny coastline, you won’t have climbed more than just a little bit.

So, whether you want to get rick or go far, lose weight or learn a new skill, win an award or write a book, don’t handicap yourself by imagining that your goal is beyond your reach. Start with just a little bit, and be persistent. You’ll probably accomplish a lot more than you thought possible. You can climb your “mountains” by making steady, safe and gradual progress.

Do The Hardest Thing First And The Rest Will Be Easy

By Greg Reid

Have you ever noticed that in life we almost always choose the easy road, the path of least resistance when it comes to challenges in our way?

I remember as a kid working in a warehouse, the foreman came up to me when I was complaining about the tough job I had ahead of me at the end of my shift, and said…

“You want a secret that will help you not have to deal with that task at the end of the day?”

I said “Sure”, hoping he was about ready to give me a new assignment.

“Do the hardest thing first, and the rest will be easy” he replied.

I must have looked at him with an expression similar to a confused puppy learning a new trick, when he continued with…

“It’s like this… when it’s all said and done, you know you have to finish the job right?”

My head nodded in sad agreement.

“Well, since you have to do it anyway, why not just do it now, right away and get it over with? That way, you get to handle it when you have the most energy, as well as put it out of your head so you don’t have to worry about it any longer?

That way for the rest of the shift, you can focus on all the easier tasks ahead of you and enjoy the time you’re here.”

Now I know this is not some great Aristotle wisdom, but the message has stayed with me ever since and has helped me in every possible function of my adult life. So much so, that I am sharing it here with you now.

Even when it comes to paying our taxes or the day-to-day “Drama” that may occur, the same thing applies… deal with it then and there.

That way, it’s off your plate so to speak so you can move on to something more pleasant and don’t have to carry it around with you, or worry about it any longer.

Want to know how to fix this? Do you want a sure fire way to help end procrastination in your life?

Do this-

Take a moment, and write down three things, no matter how large or small that you have been putting off.

Then starting tomorrow (with Commitment) Do them! No questions asked, no excuses, just do those three things.

Then, once complete, write down three more things, and do them the next day, repeat, etc…

What you will find is a renewed feeling of accomplishment. It gives us a feeling that we took action and eliminates what ever those things we had at the back of our minds.

It may sound obvious, but how many of you will do this?

Will you?