Monday, August 6, 2018
There is an expression in the English language, “don’t forget to dot your i’s and cross your t’s.” It’s a simple phrase to which most people can relate. It comes from a relatable subject: when children first learn to read and write, typically one finishes writing a word and then, before starting to write the next word, goes back to put a dot over the lower case i (or j) and adds the cross to the upper or lower case T (or upper case J). When using it as an idiom, it simply means: complete the job by paying particular attention to the details.
In your life and pursuit of dreams, do you pay attention to the details? Are you setting yourself up for success? This idiom not only reminds you to pay attention to the specifics, but to do it quickly and decisively. Don’t dwell too much on a particular aspect that it takes up all of your time and attention. Learn to be thorough, detailed and complete… yet pithy (to be clear, your decisions should be pithy, your actions towards others should not).
“Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.” – Victor HugoLove,
I knew what pith is. Just had to use the dictionary to learn the definition of pithy. Thanks for the inspiration Joel!