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June 21, 2010
by Scott Levitt ·  

Scott’s Thoughts: Winning By Inches
Incrementalism means winning by inches, not sprinting through marathons.

“True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”
–St. Francis of Assisi
Greatness is not the result of a single, monumental act. It is earned through continuously applied effort, over time. This is a good news/bad news situation, depending on your perspective.

The Bad News: If you’ve been taking refuge in the fantasy of “one day” or “starting tomorrow,” you have no where to hide. No single deal, no one act will make you. You cannot plan one day to be great, you must start right here, right now with the tools at hand. If you are to be remarkable, you must do things which cause people to remark on your talents– whether it’s your ingenuity, creativity, even-headedness, or generosity. It also means you must ask yourself with every action you take: Does this live up to my standard for greatness? Am I taking the steps in this very activity (right now!) that represent my best given my present ability?

The Good News: Greatness over time makes greatness more achievable. If, in everything you do, you merely ask the question, “How could I do this a bit better?” you’ll find that improving your life and the lives of others is no longer a daunting task. The effects on your business will be tangible. If you’re able to win by inches this way, the remarkable miles really add up. Look for the slight edge in each activity, and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to greatness.

So what will your next inch towards greatness be? Is there someone you can call and thank? Is there something you’ve always wanted to fix in your listing presentation? Is there a quick, helpful email message you can write? Would today be a good day to take someone to lunch? Pick one NOW and go for it!

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