This quote is extracted from a will smith interview, he might not have said it in this concise form, but i kept the meaning.
You can check the interviews below (start from around 3:30):
you don’t try to build a wall you don’t set out to buildWill Smith
a wall you don’t say I’m gonna build the biggest baddest greatest wall that’s ever been built you don’t start there you say I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid there will not be one brick on the face of the earth that’s going to be laid better than this brick then I’m going to lay in this next ten minutes and you do that every single day and so you have a soon you have a wall.
Basically Will smith attributes his success to hard work, but done in a smart way. He does not approaches projects as a big huge task, but tries to do the project in small manageable tasks.
This obviously gives him an advantage over his competitors, as he says, the the task is never huge to him.
People get paralyzed from doing anything, because they can not take the first step. The solution is seeing any endeavour as a series of small steps that can be easily executed.
This is one of the reasons, we find many quotes that focus on taking action, like:
The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
quote by Mark Twain : The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
This quote is very similar in meaning to:
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
Business wise, what Will Smith is saying can be achieved by having 2 attributes :
– Self discipline, to make sure to executed this small task everyday and not procrastinate.
– Proper planning and task management skills.