“Rome wasn’t built in one day”. — John Heywood
Whatever you are working on, be it personal goals, professional deadlines, or academic achievements, good work takes time. The saying is commonly accepted as encouragement or support for some sort of tireless endeavor.
James Clear, a behavioral psychologist and community blogger, advises the phrase can be expanded to “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.” He continues to describe the bricks as the system, or foundation, which is the greater goal. Applause may not come for one brick, but finding ways to lay the next bricks will ultimately result in the “empire” (2016).
As one of my favorite colleagues from graduate school always said, “you’ve got this!” I would add, in similar ideology of James Clear, that many times the journey is just as important as the destination.
Clear, J. (2016). Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, but They Were Laying Bricks Every Hour. Retrieved from http://jamesclear.com/lay-a-brick.