YourStory sheds new light for startups and entrepreneurs with its daily feature, “Proverb Of The Day.” From West to East, the power of proverbs as a vehicle of culture is well recognised. As small, concentrated packages of insight, proverbs allow people around the world to share the wisdom of local communities, vocations and cultures. Today’s proverb comes to us from China, a major cultural and economic force through the ages.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
- Chinese proverb
This is one of the most famous Chinese proverbs, used for startups and giant MNCs alike as well as leaders embarking on major national initiatives. You may plan and dream all you want about a long journey, but you have to begin somewhere. You may have a grandiose vision or agenda for change, but the first step is crucial – getting started. So put that foot forward, and realise that this humble step will one day take you down the path to a destination that you may reach only years later. So stop dreaming about the grand IPO – start today, start now, start off with a basic product or service and then keep chipping away at it and building it up till it becomes the big success you always dreamed of!
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