In their book, Made to Stick, brothers Chip Heath and Dan Heath acknowledge a cognitive bias that affects how we often decide to take action: when faced with a big objective, most of us opt for taking big steps. It makes a certain kind of sense. But their point and mine runs counter to that intuition: progress is the accumulation of many smaller successes that build over time. Big bold heroic and ultimately impatient moves sometimes introduce risk and often fail. Smaller movements that patiently build on each other are less sexy but they get the job done. This is the patience-momentum paradox. Every inch of progress paves the way for the next inch of progress. In no time it seems, we've run a mile.