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That's because they were building foundation--the foundation to support a grand structure. And that takes time.
The engineers, architect and owner certainly weren't standing around saying, "Where's building? Why can't I see more progress?" They knew that a majority of time to construct building would be spent in laying groundwork.
Once foundation is ready and cured, rest of construction happens at impressive speed. Even mistakes made in superstructure can be corrected without too much difficulty. But faults in foundation CANNOT be easily repaired and will jeopardize entire structure.
And why should what we build be any different? We need to put strong foundations under our dreams, our businesses and our relationships. I believe that this is where many people struggle. They're too focused on payoff and don't give enough attention to hard work and careful planning required in building substructure. They want to start putting up walls and bringing in business too soon.
And in end, most fail because there's not right support.
Every business, every marriage, every cause will be tested. Just being a "good guy" and "doing right thing" will not insulate you from gales, attacks and infestations that will most definitely occur.
But with a strong foundation, built with good materials, with painstaking effort, your structure will be one that withstands all assaults and fully supports your endeavors.
Michael Angier is the founder and president of Success Net, publishers of SUCCESS STRATEGIES and SUCCESS DIGEST. Success Net is a worldwide association committed to helping people become more knowledgeable, productive and effective. Their mission is to inform, inspire and empower people to be their best--personally and professionally. Free subscriptions, memberships, books and SuccessMark Cards are available at http://www.SuccessNet.org