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The 20 mile march

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Jim Collins's new book advocates for what he calls the "20 mile march"... in other words, making a steady amount of progress every day, quarter, and year regardless of external circumstances. The most interesting part is the importance of not doing MORE when external conditions seem good... but just doggedly sticking to the plan. Is this relevant to high-growth startups?

I love this description of those who thrive in chaos:

They don't merely react; they create. They don't merely survive; they prevail. They don't merely succeed; they thrive. They build great enterprises that can endure. We do not believe that chaos, uncertainty, and instability are good; companies, leaders, organizations, and societies do not thrive on chaos. But they can thrive in chaos.

The "20 mile march" is about slow-and-steady progress every day:

20-Mile Marching helps you exert self-control in an out-of-control environment.

Ultimately it's about figuring out what you can control, and achieving the best results you can given that:

Accomplishing a 20-Mile March, consistently, in good times and bad, builds confidence. Tangible achievement in the face of adversity reinforces the 10X perspective: We are ultimately responsible for improving performance. We never blame circumstance; we never blame the environment.

Also, not overworking in good times leaves you strength to make progress in hard times.

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