The discreet and the continuous

A workshop concludes. A website is launched. Our product is shipped. A book is published.

Our projects come to an end. We finish them, polish them, package them and send them out into the world. We are done.

No matter how many projects we finish, some things never end. Our teams keep improving. Our craft continually gets better. As we hone our old skills, we discover new ones. Improvement is continuous. It has no finish.

Our work is punctuated by destinations. But the journey of continually improving it never ends.

This isn’t working

A good investment portfolio takes several years to mature. The biggest mistake investors make is to prematurely intervene and disrupt the process.

A good habit takes several weeks to set in. Until then, it is tempting to abort our efforts midway because we don’t see results.

Vitamin supplements take several weeks to a month for their effects to kick in. So do anti-depressants. Sadly, patients are prone to discontinue them before they start working.

Past a point, advancement in a skill takes place at an atomic level on a day-to-day basis, where you sense no improvement. That is why every discipline has plenty of intermediate practitioners, but only a few masters.

Long term improvement takes time, continual effort and faith. Before you give up, ask yourself if you have given it a fair shot.