If you make zero dollars right now and you have the goal to someday make a million dollars, then your goal shouldn’t be to just go straight for the million.
I shouldn’t have to say this but unfortunately today, common sense tends to not be so common anymore, meaning if you want to make a million dollars, it’s best to focus first on making $1,000.
If you want to give a presentation on the TED stage that will be seen by thousands, maybe even millions of people, focus first on giving a free talk at your local high school.
If you want to run a marathon, focus first on running a mile.
It’s like the billionaire investor Charlie Munger says,
“Step by step you get ahead, not necessarily in fast spurts. But you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day and at the end of the day, if you live long enough, most people will get what they deserve.”