In 2015, I wrote a small booklet which summarized my recovery from a major depressive episode.
It was а personal epiphany on what made me depressed in the first place, what got me back on my feet and how it could help me and others stay away from depression.
The booklet was 40 pages long and within it was the seed of a big idea. A tiny grain that only needed nurturing to grow. I just had to keep coming back to the idea and refining it until there was nothing else to add or remove.
Of course, I didn’t. I wrote it and left it where it was – at version 1.0. I never got to see its potential. Who knows what version 27.0 would have looked like?
And the reason I didn’t keep working on it was that I somehow thought I had it. That me writing it down was the end, not the beginning of the story. I didn’t know it then, but I was wishing for a miracle – that I’d be the first person in the universe to write a masterpiece from the first take.
Now I’m back to the idea, 5 years later. The good thing about great work is that it can wait patiently until you’re ready to do it.
I just hope the author stops wishing he could do a year’s work in a day.