Wisdom of the postage stamp

This quote by Josh Billings made me slam the brakes hard, pull my car over, and write it up in my notes app.

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.”

Josh Billings

While most believe sticking to one thing is old-fashioned, history proves that it is the only thing that has worked for almost every successful person we know of. Of course, success is relative but regardless of your definition of it, stop reading this for a moment and think of that person whom you know have made it. (They don’t necessarily have to be a celebrity.)

Chances are that most have spent a major part of their lives focusing on just one thing — it could’ve been their day job, a side-hustle that they stuck to until they made it big, or just random stuff that was part of their being. They were focused, committed, and never thought of quitting or “pivoting” to something that worked.

My father was a successful man. He wasn’t an entrepreneur nor did he retired as the CEO of any company. But he was an enabler. That’s how he defined himself. You see, he was a driver (a chauffeur, if you will) for the Managing Directors and Chairman of a public company for over 40 years. And all he focused on was giving the best service and value to his clients every-single-day. Without fail.

Besides work, he focused on saving and spending money wisely. As of today, he’s got properties in different states. And I don’t call him a true success just because of that but because he’s retired now and travels the country because he’s financially free. That’s my definition of success. Your mileage may vary, of course.

The key point is to take a step back and think about that one thing we should be focusing on. I know this is so harder to do something like this in 2020 but do it anyway. Once you have, figure out a way to stick to it until we’ve reached our destination. Just like the postage stamp.

As with most things in life, there are no guarantees, but I’m pretty sure that in the long run you will be better off sticking to that one thing than switching to many.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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