Be Useless

Not everything that you do has to be directly useful.

A child learning to walk does not take many useful steps initially. And if you measure how valuable a child’s first steps are towards a 15-kilometre walk: the child’s first steps are useless.

Think about all of the drawings a child does. When they grow up, they might be a brilliant designer, but the family portrait on the fridge today is useless as a design document.

And yet the first steps and the hundreds of pictures are useful. As we practice over and over again, we get better and better until we can walk 15 kilometres or design a new building from the bottom up.

Not everything that you do has to be useful. Sometimes it is just a moment on the path to the next step. And that is enough.