Brian Lee


It’s been a long day.

“No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.”
— Marcus Aurelius

When you have big dreams, achieving them takes many steps. But remember, you thrive on tackling the impossible. You have built a career by taking on challenges others avoid and committing to unreasonable deadlines. This path has led to failures, but you have always had the strength to move forward, grow your skills, and face new challenges. Bringing a new idea to life may seem impossible and involves many failures, but you succeed by focusing on your goals and dreams. Climb a tall mountain by concentrating on immediate, tangible steps. It is not much different from art and skateboarding. We commit to our dreams, face the challenges and failures, and persist to succeed.

It is too early to quit. You have so much more to give, even if you think you have come to an end. The human mind and body are much more powerful than you think. You must persist over your fears and commit to your goals, whatever it takes — if not today, then tomorrow. Take another step. You have made many sacrifices and taken on financial risks to start businesses. You have developed and continue to work on the necessary skills to achieve your difficult goals. In the past, you may have given up on your dreams for various reasons, but not this time. You owe it to yourself to give it your best shot, even if failure seems imminent. You might just be on the verge of a breakthrough. As Nelson Mandela once said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Have patience with yourself and others to be effective. As projects grow bigger, your team will grow, and everyone will bring different strengths and weaknesses to the table. As Peter Drucker says, focus on strengths and contributions, not weaknesses, to amplify overall effectiveness (Drucker 2017). Patience is not idling; it gives opportunities and people time to shine. In other words, patience to opportunities is what wood is to a small fire, nurturing growth and allowing potential to flourish.

Reflect on your own journey of learning to draw over the past eight years. It has been a long journey with many challenges, but with patience, you have developed foundational skills that will support you in making it a lifelong pursuit. This experience underscores the importance of patience in achieving long-term success and growth. By maintaining patience, you can navigate challenges, foster personal and team development, and ultimately realize your full potential.

Are you feeling “not good enough?” The world is filled with people more skillful than you, but don’t let the present define your place in this vast universe. By being a little better than you were yesterday, you are taking steps toward greatness. Compete with yourself, not with the world, and win what you deserve. By focusing on gradually improving your skills, you can make positive strides without comparing yourself to those who have spent more time and energy on similar pursuits. It is also fun to see yourself grow in the areas you love.

Remember, as Confucius said, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Each tiny step you take toward improving yourself compounds, creating a significant impact over time. Imagine the progress you can make by consistently dedicating time and effort to your passions. This gradual progress not only enhances your skills but also builds confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Embrace the journey of self-improvement, knowing that every small effort contributes to your overall growth and success.

Copyright 2024, Brian Lee