How should you measure progress?
In years. Maybe even decades.
I know I struggle with this issue, as my work ebbs and flows.
I want to be validated. For someone to give me a gold star and a book advance.
I want to see massive payoffs from little amounts of work.
But how childish is that?
This expectation of quick results is not how careers and legacies are built.
People claim to want to do something that matters, yet they measure themselves against things that don’t, and track their progress not in years but in microseconds. They want to make something timeless, but they focus instead on immediate payoffs and instant gratification.