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One Step

by Randall Craig on September 30, 2008

Filed in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Motivational, Planning, Time management

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Ask any mountain climber – the surest way to the top of the peak is a very simple recipe: put one foot in front of the other. And then do it again. This very simple formula is no different for those looking in advancing their career (or their personal) success.

Education: Most of us forget that it takes over a decade to graduate from high school. Or 3-4 years to get a college diploma. Or 2 years to get a grad degree. (Interesting how each more “valuable” degree takes less-and-less time to earn…?) If you are looking for a professional certification, the only thing that is stopping you is time – and taking the first step.

Experience: How did the person in the corner office get there? While some may say luck played a part, hard work sustained over a long period of time is usually how one becomes experienced. And experience equates to value.

Exercise: Wondering why some people look so fit and trim? It isn’t a fitness pill. They went to the gym, went for a jog or cycle, or went for a walk – consistently, week after week.

Not surprisingly, putting one foot in front of the other works outside of the office as well. How do you finish a puzzle? One piece at a time. How do you develop great relationships? One day at a time.

This week’s action item: While putting one foot in front of the other obviously makes sense, most people trip up because they don’t even start. Choose one activity that you would like to finish, and take that first step.

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and

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