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Rome Weren’t Built In A Day

We get things done over time by working hard and showing persistence.

A wise quote: “People overestimate what they can do in five years and underestimate what they can do in twenty years.” -Ligon Duncan

i.e. The twin powers of time and patience can crack mountains. See the Creekbank blog for more.

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received came from a simple country house painter named “Sonny” Green. In about 1994 we stood in front of Dry Creek Camp’s “White House.” I was seeking his advice on how to paint this huge tall building. As I shared my dreams, frustrations, and ideas, he put his hand on my shoulder.

“Son, remember this: Rome weren’t built in a day.”

His advice was simple. His grammar left room for improvement. His quote was definitely not original. Sonny Green wasn’t famous.

But his wise words in that situation made a huge impression on me.
The right words.
From the right man.
At the right time.

Dry Creek High School, finished at the end of World War I, was where my grandfather and father attended. It closed in 1962.

Dry Creek’s “White House” aka “The Old School”

From 1912 until 1962 this was Dry Creek High School. It is now a 26 room conference center belonging to Dry Creek Baptist Camp.

Sonny Green’s been dead a long time, but his wisdom lives on.
If you’ve got a big job to do, take it a bite at a time. It’ll get done but don’t expect it to happen overnight.

Thanks, Sonny.

A closing quote:

“Best time to plant a tree: 20 years ago.
Next best time: Today.”

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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