How To Build Rome In A Day: Incremental Growth

Tavian Jean-Pierre
4 min readApr 5, 2021

“Rome was not built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.”

- James Clear

The saying “Rome was not built in a day” reminds us that great things take time. Whether it is becoming a great writer or beating a terrible virus, we must acknowledge that patience is essential.

However, often on the way to accomplishing greatness, we are hit by challenges. Concerning the size of the project, those challenges might not be that big. But at the moment, it feels as though we are trying to build Rome on that day.

Tackling a large task is part of everyday life for some of us, and it can lead to us feeling like we are trying to complete the impossible. So, here is a trick that will help you build Rome in a day when you feel like you have to. It starts with disassembling and ends with incremental growth.

Our Perspective Fools Us

Human vision is extremely good. We have some of the best eyes in the animal kingdom. Nevertheless, we are still tricked by simple illusions and contrasting colours. And the same applies to our perspectives. As Aristotle puts it, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Different people see this quote in numerous ways. However, the essence of the quote is that our perspective causes us to believe that the finished project is greater than the components used to make it.

A great example is a finished art piece like the Mona Lisa. We can not comprehend that the finished artwork comprises small sketches and detailed painting strokes. All we see is the finished product, and it appears so much greater than the strokes of a pen and a paintbrush.

It is the same on the days in which it appears we have to build Rome. Because our perspectives only allow us to see the finished product, our tasks for the day appear greater than they are. Therefore, to build Rome in a day, we must change our perspective to see the small details.

Disassembling Is The Key To Building Rome In A Day

Tavian Jean-Pierre

Founder of the Better Conversations Podcast | Currently challenging the status quo to shape a better future | Asking "why" because someone has to...