Chip away

I have one piece of paper taped to the wall. In the center, perfectly aligned, it reads "Chip away".

The phrase is something I once heard or read somewhere, can't recall exactly where, but has resonated with me all along. In order to get things done, you can't tackle the entire problem, it has to be chiseled at piece by piece until there's nothing left to break down.

Imagine your problem as a huge log that must be carved to make a canoe. You can't take an axe and form a floating shape where you don't get wet - an axe will only get you so far. No, you must chisel it out to form a hollow and curved shape that will accommodate you without tipping over.

And so today, I will chip away.

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