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Archimedes Lever

August 14, 2018


I think all too often we view our dreams and goals as impossible due to the level of effort that the journey requires. I fall into this trap sometimes myself. I occasionally take a look at the next step in my journey towards my ultimate dream and view that step as insurmountable. It’s an easy trap to fall into.


Archimedes, a Greek mathematician who lived between 287-212 BC, understood the power of applying the right amount of pressure in the right places. One of his most famous inventions was the block and tackle pulley systems in which he devised a way of using leverage to allow sailors to lift extremely heavy objects that would have otherwise been deemed immovable. This system of using leverage and applying the right pressure in the right place allowed millions of others moving forward to do the impossible.


Sometimes, achieving our goals is not about putting forth a Herculean effort, but rather about taking an honest look at our current situation and putting forth the right amount of effort in the right places. Need more time to fit in mobility and core strengthening? Rather than waking up an extra 30-60 minutes every day to squeeze it in after a morning workout, take short 5-minute breaks while at work and do some core work or stretching. Trying to find time to write that book you have always wanted to create? Write daily for 15-30 minutes instead of blocking aside a 4-hour chunk of time every weekend when you already have busy weekends.


Apply the right pressure in the right places and you will accomplish much more than you thought you could. Archimedes has been famously quoted as saying:


“Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth.”

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