We cant build a mountain in one go – we couldnt even fathom how to do it, nor would we ever find enough time to do it properly.
We could, however, start throwing a pebble into a pile whenever we find one, all the while doing whatever else we were supposed to do.
The pile is growing – and maybe its disorganized, but we dont pay any heed to it. Its just a pile of pebbles, I’m not bothered with it, I will choose to not care about it. I’ll just do my other stuff, and keep throwing pebbles in.
My friends get curious and involved too – even though they’re also busy in their work, turns out there’s plenty of pebbles around where they’re sitting too. So they agree to help by throwing it in the pile whenever they find one.
I dont even notice, but now everyone in my group is throwing a pebble whenever they find it. I dont notice because I’m not spending any extra energy – I’m just doing my work, and throwing in an occaisional pebble… I dont even look at the pile.
A few months pass, all my other work is done. When I’m handing in my work to "them" they also ask me "where’s my mountain?!". Oh I forgot about that, so I turn to where my pile was.
Except that its not a pile anymore – its actually become quite a mountain in itself – sure it doesnt look like much, but building roads on top might actually be easier now compared to starting from scratch if I had had to.
We’re very often faced with tasks that seem like mountains – they seem so overbearing, useless, hard for a single person to do that we might as well give up or do a poor quality job of it.
But very often, the best way to start building a mountain is one pebble at a time right from the start of the work. That way, we wont even notice – we’re just throwing in a pebble off and an. The mountain appears itself.