Popular in the 1980s, continuous feed forms for computer printouts kept the information flowing. Your work and what you’ll achieve is a practice across time. It flows, one page linking to the next.
Do you realize what your cable and internet bill will cost you across the next five years?
Have you considered how many hours you’ll spend surfing eComm websites for things you’ll buy and the amount of money you’ll spend?
Have you calculated how many hours you’ll put into your craft by 2025 or 2030?
Some people consider that in every career there are dues to be paid. Across time the effort and hours stack up, costing more and more until finally a milestone is achieved.
Yet onlookers often have a different point of view. They believe that you just hang a shingle, start a podcast, or simply get lucky and success is achieved overnight.
Luck often plays a role, but how you manage luck and what happens next will have more to do with long-term outcomes than any single luck event.
Most success does come with a price. It is the price of continuous feed.
Moment-by-moment and day-by-day the persistent process of stacking one piece on top of another adds up. It is the single drop in a bucket repeated so many times you’ve lost count until eventually, you fill the pail.
What you want to attain is not so far away. You just have to feed it a little bit each day, repetitively, across time.
One other aspect of continuous feed, just like thousands of pages all connected with a perforated tear, unless you rip it apart, you’ll always be able to see where you came from.
Don’t lose track.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.