Rome Wasn’t Built In One Day

Rome Wasn't Built Overnight

You often hear the term ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. Everyone has, but how many of us actually take the time to really understand this concept?

Many people in life rush through things for the purpose of achieving greatness. Time is important as we all know it. A minute can’t be gained back, whether we use it to our advantage or not. It’s may seem unrealistic when we try to set out for goals that take time, such as losing weight, saving money, building a company, or many other ambitions.  But once again, what does it mean when it is emphasized that the term “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and how many of us actually put the concept of this understanding into work?

When we were younger, we all had dreams. “I want to be a doctor” or “I want to go to space”. Sounds similar?

There is a surprising amount of things that people wanted to achieve as kids. Sooner or later, they eventually grow up and work as sales clerk, cashier, and so on. Before you know it, they turn in their mid 40’s with kids, working as a job they absolutely despised. This was all because they failed to take the concept that Rome wasn’t built in one day.

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Goals takes time

Whether you want to lose weight or become a professional at something, you don’t just go out to achieve it overnight… no, it only works by starting slow, like each brick-by-brick slow, until a wall is built.

No one becomes at their top at anything in one day.

Instead, you need to tell yourself that you will place this brick down, and place down as perfect as it can be—and you start on from there every single day. Soon enough, a wall will be built. Soon enough, you will get to where you want to be.

Now people will question the time that it takes to build this brick wall. You may even tell yourself that out of the thousands and thousands of bricks that are needed to be put down, you will say that it’s okay to miss a single day because you worked hard yesterday, and the day before… because for every one brick that you lay out, it seems so insignificant in terms of the whole thing.


One day of missed work isn’t going to affect my performance

But realize that in a day, there are 24 hours that can’t be gained back, meaning that it will take you another 24 hours to work towards that achievement. Realize that the concept of “Rome wasn’t built in a day” means that you take each and every single day to steal this opportunity to build this great empire of yours, because if you do not, then you have failed to carry out this concept.

You set out to build your greatness every single day, every single hour. Many successful people are conditioned like this, I guarantee it. They did not take breaks that were offered or given to them.

No matter how simple, or easy, or difficult a task is, they understood that for each hour given to them they were going to act upon it because they knew that that hour wasn’t going to come back. They were essentially becoming that much closer to building Rome. That is what it means when you hear the term “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, to seize each and every opportunities you get, and to use it wisely.

Instead of claiming “it’s unrealistic” for a dream that you come up with, get into the mindset that anything can be realistic. All it takes is for you to act upon that action each and every single day, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

The number ‘one’ itself may represent such a small number. But when you add one on top of another, and then another, you eventually get a number that becomes so unrealistically large. The concept of understanding this is that you never passed down an opportunity, so that you set something upon yourself in order to lead up to something great.

Look at Henry Ford for example. He stopped going to school at around 15 years old, and went on a venture to invest $86,000 dollars in his own car company that failed miserably. Was it unrealistic, relatively speaking from his and everyone’s point of view? Sure it was, but in the end he made it into reality, and he proved that unrealistic dreams can turn realistic if you put in small amount of hard work each day.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

Vincent T. Lombardi

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One Response to Rome Wasn’t Built In One Day

  1. This is also my mantra. Little by little – not huge gestures that fail because they’re unrealistic and unsustainable. Each decision should be taken by first of all identifying the first step. Once that’s done, the job gets easier to do.

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