Success By A Thousand Cuts
The phrase “death by a thousand cuts” is defined in Wikipedia as a form of torture and execution used in China from roughly AD 900 until its abolition in 1905. The condemned person was killed by using a knife to methodically remove portions of the body over an extended period of time. In Investopedia, it is defined as “the idea a small cut will not kill you, but if enough are inflicted, you eventually bleed to death.”
Application to the financial world has also been made. Financial debt is most often poor small financial decisions day after day (those $5-$10 dollar purchases that one really doesn’t need that keeps you from saving for the future) rather than one major investment that lost it all. So if one can fail over numerous small inflictions day after day, then one should be able to apply this same idea to success.
Athletic Success does not happen “over night”...one is not “discovered” for that one performance.... one does not obtain an athletic scholarship because of one scout, one day. Rather:
Success happens by two or three daily right decisions that are made over and over and over again...every day ...for months and years. No one becomes a success overnight. No one. But when you do get your opportunity to shine- you will shine ..not because of that one moment but because of the work that has been put in day in and day out, the small things done right day after day..the hours spent alone in the gym, on the field, in the training room.
The daily decisions repeated over and over are things like
-staying at the gym shooting free throws after every practice, long after everyone else has gone home.
-choosing to drink water at every meal even when dining out with others when they all order soft drinks.
-being brave enough to be different and train different because being like everyone else isn’t going to get you where you want to be.
-being disciplined- getting up every morning when it is still dark- to work on your strength training
-taking extra swings, extra shots, extra throws every day in the off season when others are playing video games or just “kicking back with friends”.
-Having the discipline to work on the aspects of your game that you aren’t as skilled in for it is easy to work on things that you already have mastered.
Make the two or three right decisions in to habits today and every day and you will be successful.
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