Archilochus – Greek poet (700 BC)
“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.
Ever feel like you have great ideas, but struggle in their execution? Or feel like you have too much to do, but at the end of the day you realize that you haven’t actually gotten anything done?
I do too, which is why I’m starting this blog. I’m going to share what I know, and explore new strategies to focus on achieving the big goals in our lives. To show where I’m coming from, I think its best we start with a story:
One summer morning, a Fox and a Hedgehog meet in the woods. The Hedgehog had heard stories about the cunning of the Fox, so he asked his new friend “Mr. Fox, how many tricks do you have?”
The Fox replied, “Oh, I have hundreds of course. Tell me Mr. Hedgehog, how many tricks do you have?”
“Oh…” the Hedgehog answered, “I only have one. When the hunters come, I roll up in a ball and they leave me alone.”
The Fox found it both amusing and sad that the Hedgehog knew so few tricks. The two animals chatted for a few more minutes then, right as they were about to part ways, they heard the barks of dogs and the shouts of hunters in the distance. The Hedgehog quickly did what he does best, rolling into a tight and impenetrable ball. The fox stood and pondered which of his many talents were best suited for this occasion, but before he could decide on a strategy to use the dogs were already on top of him.
Like a Hedgehog, this blog is about how to do one thing, and do it well. It’s about building skills, but it’s also about decisiveness. Together, we’re going to learn how to decide what is really important, and to focus our attention on that until it gets done. This means working projects the right way; starting early to work on what matters, and automating as much as possible that doesn’t.
You and I may have heard some of this before, but hearing is not the same as doing. Most blogs treat us as a consumer of content; since this blog is not about consuming more but producing more, every SimpleHedgehog post will close with a challenge (for both you and I) to tackle in the upcoming week. Lets Do One Thing together, and see where it takes us.
This week’s challenge: Everyone needs goals; mine are posted here. To Do One Thing successfully, we have to stop reacting and start making real decisions about what we spend our time doing. Really think about your goals for work, life, and family, and write them down. Share them with some friends or post them on Facebook; and if this post helped you write out your goals, add this link to your post and encourage your friends to read it and do the same. Your friends want to help you. Tell them what matters to you and, who knows, they might be able to help you achieve your goals!
Having trouble with this week’s challenge? Try reading Joel Runyon’s the goals on The Impossible Blog for inspiration!