'You Can't Cross A Chasm In Two Small Steps'

Often our biggest decisions will require a great deal of courage and a big leap; there's no other way around it. Trying to take smaller baby steps in those instances where boldness is required could be futile or even dangerous.

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Variations of this quote from former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George include:

The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.


Anything can be achieved in small, deliberate steps. But there are times you need the courage to take a great leap; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.

We need to be able to tell which is most appropriate, of course, but if you're ever afraid of a major change - like moving to a new city, making a big career move, or starting a new relationship - and have been tempted to commit to it only partially, remember that sometimes the only way to do it is by just going for it.


    I agree! Nothing significant was ever achieved without taking a real leap of faith! I ask people to do this everyday in my line of work and whilst there is a place for small steps to build momentum, you need a sizable step to get you going. Thanks for a great simple post!

    I love the photo.

    I'm not sure the Carbon tax will or won't work but clearly thats the fist example i thought of and without starting anything about politics, i think Australia actually leading the way good/bad or ugly... atleast we can say we made an effort. Even if the leap of faith was wrong. There is no harm in trying. I could also say the same for cooking mussel's for bastille day for the first time.

      The carbon tax will be passed on to consumers by producers as they will be unable to reduce their emissions in the short term, and the government will give rebates to offset this. In other words; money will be lost in translation and our international competitiveness, which has already been hard hit by the high dollar, will suffer. In no way will it reduce emissions.

      We needed real action on this issue and they try to solve it with a tax - How on Earth is that supposed to work?

      The only tax that would have worked was the mining tax, which would have given the government enough money to actually do something radical, or at least subsidise the uncompetitive renewable sources of energy. Unfortunately the mindless drones that are the people of Australia (The majority of them anyway) took the BHP funded propaganda hook, line and sinker. Then Rudd was kicked out.

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