The Next Telephone Pole

Have you ever run a marathon? Half-marathon? A mile? I can get bogged down by the enormity of the entire journey enough that I can be dissuaded. When I was in the Navy this became an issue during the physical readiness test (PRT) during which I had to run 1.5 miles, which at that time in my life was way farther than I cared to be running.

So I trained… well, I ran once before the PRT. Along the road I was running were telephone poles, as may be the case in your neighborhood. I found that I began to focus on the next telephone pole as opposed to the end of the run. It was far more achievable, far more palatable, and far nearer than completing the full run.

Later when I began running marathons and triathlons “just the next telephone pole” became a mantra. I realized the other day that it’s a great mindset for entrepreneurship. It’s thousands of small achievable goals completed time and time again that result in success…at least that’s what I’m told.

Just the next telephone pole….


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