This past Saturday marked 100 Instagram posts in a row for my son James. He’s a talented photographer and one hundred days ago he decided to launch an account on Instagram, dedicate it to fine artful photography and post every day. Each morning he rises at 5:00am, edits his selection and uploads before heading off for the high school bus.
James is seeing results from his effort. In the past 100 days he has gained more than 160 followers, piqued the interest of many professional photographers and was “liked” by the Nikon official Instagram account.
Small victories, every day, lead to results. Results lead to momentum and momentum leads to achieving big goals.
1,000 Words Every Morning
Last week on the EntreArchitect Podcast, I spoke with architect, author and founder of 30X40 Design Workshop, Eric Reinhold. We talked about how to self-publish books as a small firm architect. I asked Eric how he runs his successful architecture firm and finds enough time to write two books.
Eric wakes up early, before his family rises and writes 1,000 words every morning. He sets goals, is intentional, consistent and has built a habit of writing into his daily routine.
Don’t Break the Chain
The most successful people in the world are so because of this ability to produce on a consistent basis. They sit down, every day, and get the work done.
Why was comedian Jerry Seinfled so successful?
He worked at his craft every day. He committed himself to writing consistently, every day without breaking the chain. Every January he purchased a big paper calendar, hung it on the wall of his office and placed a thick, red “X” through each day as he completed his daily writing task.
Over time he could quickly track his progress and established a long chain of connected Xs indicating the success of his daily habit. As the chain grew, the desire and motivation to “not break the chain” became more and more powerful. The longer the chain became, the less likely he was to break it… And the consistency resulted in massive success.
The only way to accomplish any goal is to do the work. There is no magic formula or secret process that we just need to discover. Small victories and consistency is the only way to success.
On Friday, November 20th, I will be publishing the 100th episode of the EntreArchitect Podcast.
Launched on December 12, 2012 as my 12/12/12 Project, the first 12 episodes were posted on the 12th day of each of the twelve months that year. Small victories, each and every month.
In January of 2013, we moved to a weekly schedule and I’ve posted consistently ever since.
I hope you have found the content that I have produced informative, inspirational and well worth your time. I’ve enjoyed preparing it for you, and I believe, with your help spreading the word, EntreArchitect has grown closer and closer to our mission to become an influential force in the profession for small firm architects.
Pay it Forward
If you have gained any value from the last 97 episodes, I invite you to pay it forward and share what you know.
To celebrate our accomplishment, I want to make Episode 100 a very special show, featuring my best guest yet… YOU. I want you to share your knowledge with every other member of the EntreArchitect Community.
Use your smartphone to record your answer to the following question and email the audio file to me at support@EntreArchitect.com.
What is one thing that you did this year to improve your business, your leadership or your life?
I appreciate you for reading this blog and for listening to the episode each week. On November 20th, we will celebrate our accomplishment together on the EntreArchitect Podcast.
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