The Little Things That Matter

If you come here to find a romantic story, then you have to be dissapointed. No, it’s not that romantic little thing. I want to discuss about the little things that could help you change yourself or even the world.

Have you ever plan to do or to create something but you cancel your plan in the end because it is too big or you think you don’t have enough time to do it? I think most people will answer yes to that question. So, how to solve this issue and get more things done?

Several days ago, I planned to buy a hosting for this blog. The hosting cost about Rp 600,000 per year, which is really expensive for me. However, it offers monthly billing instead of annually, so I can get the hosting by paying Rp 50,000 per month. The cost for this hosting in a year is exactly the same if I pay it monthly or anually, but the monthly billing is far more acceptable for me instead of the annual billing. I think most people would agree that paying 600,000 is harder because you have to pay it directly in a particular time. In contrast, paying 50,000 is much easier because the burden is distributed every month.

This also applies to a task or job that we are planning to do. Devide it into a small chunks will enable us to do it easily rather than see it as a big chunk. If we do those small chunks everyday, then we are making a progress. It is very different if the task is still in a big chunk. We will always have many excuses and will never start to do it. This is the little things you have to do that are really matter, because it can change your life or even the people around you and the world. 

Have you ever heard a story about a man who split a mountain in India? Long time ago, there was a man who had a sick wife. He lived in a rural area where the village is isolated from outside world. He asked a doctor to check his wife but the distance from the nearest doctor to his village was very far and he had to walked around a mountain. When the doctor arrived at his home, her wife had passed away. 

Triggered by this tragic experience, he decided to dig the mountain and devide it into 2 with a hoe, so other people can reach the hospital quickly. Of course, other people who saw him will mock him and said that he is crazy. 21 years after that, he finally devide the mountain into 2 and cut the time needed to reach the hospital from several days to only 2 hour. It’s all happen because he do the little action everyday consistently.

From the story above we can see that we can achieve anything, even something that we think is impossible to achieve. We just need to take a small step everyday and keep making a progress.

Nanda Firdaus

Ex-engineer who is switching to product management role in Traveloka. Passionate about new technology and have interest in product development, business, and investment. Ex-Microsoft Student Partner. Master of Information System Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Bachelor of Information System, Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Indonesia.

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