When the Secret of Getting Ahead Lies In Getting Started

As I sat down to write this month’s blog, I found my inability to focus a bit overwhelming. At the start of every new year, we make plans to accomplish big goals on a personal and professional level, and much of what we read centers around making large changes all at once. For me, a move, the holidays and a business trip immediately following have all wreaked havoc on some of the personal goals I had already set. Pile on the plethora of predictions for the world ahead in 2020, and sometimes what had in a simpler moment seemed attainable now weighs a heavy burden.

Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Writing this blog began with simply writing the first five words, but looking at the bigger picture, what will it take for us to get started achieving the larger goals we’ve set?

In the vision industry, we recognize that the healthcare delivery landscape is changing, the global population is rising, and billions of people around the world are still in need of vision correction and protection. Yet HUGE goals have been set to bring global attention to this issue beyond our industry. At the end of last year, we celebrated the publishing of two reports – The World Report on Vision (WHO) and Eliminating Poor Vision in a Generation (Essilor) – which together define the scope of the problem and steps to delivering the solution.

Steps are not an immediate fix, especially when the problem of uncorrected vision impairment affects at least 2.2 billion people. One step follows another, and another. One step at a time, together with likeminded partners who walk alongside us, will inevitably ensure that we reach our collective goal of eliminating poor vision by 2050.

Small Steps Are Doable

They get us started. They are sustainable. Their effect is cumulative and reinforcing, creating momentum for the “journey of a thousand miles” that lies ahead.

At the Vision Impact Institute, we can tackle many of our large goals, whether they are local or global, by taking small steps with people who have a big commitment to solving a problem. Big issues will be changed through small actions. And poor vision is no exception.

Margaret Mead, an American cultural anthropologist popular in the 1960s and 1970s, said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

We remain committed to taking on issues of poor vision and how it affects children’s learning, workers’ ability to be productive, and drivers’ responsibilities to create safer conditions for all road users.

By nature of your interest in reading this, you too are one of those committed people. What small steps can you take today, tomorrow and the next day to ensure that you have affected someone’s life for the better simply because he or she can see well?

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