I grew up with the adage “Rome was not built in a day“. It tries to instill the virtues of patience, diligence, and respect for due process. As a word of caution, it also keeps busy bodies in check, cutting off the excesses of big dreams and visions. Awesome!
However, the sad thing is that as with all rules, it has it’s limitations. Let’s see what is missing.
As old as it is, it resonates in history. It’s popularly attributed to John Heywood.
“The expression (as “Rome was not built in one day”) is given in English in John Heywood’s A Dialogue Conteinyng the Nomber in Effect of all the Prouerbes in the Englishe Tongue” (1).
Again, Queen Elizabeth referred to the idea in Latin in an address at Cambridge in 1563, admitting that it has given her “…a certain amount of comfort – a saying which cannot take away, but can at least lessen, the grief that she feels”(2)
It has come to stay on the lips of parents, teachers, coaches and mentors who are constantly plagued by the young passion for excellence.
Why this caution?
Many people will naturally appreciate the successes of a mentor, coach or hero/heroine. Yet, that seldom know the stories behind their successes.
They’re often unaware, at least in practical terms, of the many lonely nights, the pain, the torture and constant fear they had to deal with.
Therefore, to keep our passions in check and encourage our hands to work more, than spend all day dreaming, we’re constantly reminded about “Rome”, the great city and empire.
The Roman Empire reigned for almost five generations and was the centre of power until its fall in 476 AD.
And behind this great empire lay the sweat and blood of men and women who laboured to make Rome what it was.
It is apt to say, “Rome was not built in a day”.
So Work, Be Patient and Grow With Time.
Follow Due Process!
But here’s what’s missing
ROME HAD A PLAN, AND THEY WORKED ON IT.
- They had a plan for the massive colosseums, walls and impressive system of government.
- They also worked on this plan…in stages, adding blocks daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly.
May I ask you,
- What’s your Rome?
- What’s that big dream and aspiration you’re so passionate about?
- Do you have a plan?
- How much work are you doing on your plan?
You may simply need a little review.
Get a Plan and Work on it.
Read and learn.
THERE ARE TONS OF OPPORTUNITIES AROUND YOU.
- You can visit AMAZON for the best deals and even start an online shop.
- You may not have a million pounds, but can decide to save and Grow your wealth. Invest, Reinvest again and again.
- You can learn a new skill or train on a job; pick up a musical instrument and become a sensational player in less than 3 years.
- Get a degree, a diploma or even a certificate, all pointing towards your big dream.
- Get committed to daily exercises and get that look and fitness YOU so desire.
YOU CAN BE MORE
The Adage, “Rome Was Not Built in A Day” should not be used
- To encourage laziness
- To encourage procrastination
- To justify lack of zeal and passion
Instead, it should help us
To stay calm and focused while working on our dreams.
ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY, BUT THEY WORKED ON A PLAN.
So You need a plan.
Read One Decision Can Wipe Your Years Away.
And if you’re held back by your past hurt, pain, guilt, heartbreak or loss,
Read You Messed Up! So What? Or
Heartbreak! How to talk it freely without Feeling the pain.
It doesn’t matter where you are at the moment. You can always have a successful comeback.
My Story says it all.
YOUR ROME WILL TAKE SOME TIME.
BUT YOU NEED TO PLAN YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS.
WITHOUT A PLAN, AND COMMITTED HARDWORK, OUR ROMES ONLY REMAIN AS MERE DREAMS.
See you at the top.
Feel free to share and leave a comment. I’m Always glad to watch you succeed, turning your pains to gain. Have a great day.