This question was posed to the participants of my project management course that I conducted with my fellow lecturer.The class,including me,was puzzled and intrigued by the question. To my mind, I have never eaten an elephant before and it is a huge animal that none can finished eating alone.
When everyone just stared without an answer,he told us that the answer was : "A bite at a time!".
That is a lot of lessons in the above statement.Below are some examples but you can add on your own from your experience:-
1.A project got delayed for three months did not happened over-night. It happened a day at the time.
2.The belly size of obese people did not grow instantaneously. It took 30 years from a size of 28 inches to 38 inches.(No offense if it applies to you;-)
3.My friend's company overhead has increased from RM100,000 to RM1,000,000 a month within 40 years.
4.A national debt of a country increased from millions to billions in less than 10 years..and many more examples.
By the way, have you heard a story of a frog as narrated in Peter Senge's book entitled The Fifth Discipline?
If you haven't ,it goes something like this..
What would the frog do if we thow it into a boiling pot of water?
You know the answer. It will jump out as soon as it touches the hot water.
But, what if you put the frog in a pot of water and put it it on a hot stove. The frog won't jump-it stays there and began to enjoy the warm of water as it is being heated.The frog did not sense any danger because the heat came slow and steady, but as time went by the frog gets roasted and died..
Well, we may say the frog is stupid but similar things happen to many of us individuals, companies, organisation and even nations.
On the other side of the coin, we may also achieve great things or overcome great hurdles if we make a continuous and a consistent effort to achieve our goals and objectives.
1. To all Malaysians, may I wish Selamat Menyambut Ulang Tahun Kemerdekaan Negara Kita.
2. My 'sabbatical' starts tomorrow,so my blogs will be interrupted for the next two weeks. I will try to write as and when I am free and the Internet connectivity is available to me.
3. You are also welcome to read short notes I wrote in 'weekly notebook','cerita kedaikopi' and 'cara bicara' at my old homepage called The Perigi.