There’s a phrase “for the long haul” meaning long-term or over the course of a long time. The idea is that the “thing” you’re working on should last a long time.
Creating something that lasts doesn’t mean it can’t be changed or improved. I think about my first iPhone. It’s changed and gotten better over time. Some of those changes are software and some hardware. But it seems evident that the iPhone wasn’t created to be a short term fad or trend. It’s changed the way we live and do business.
BTW – In working on this post, I ran across another quote about Rome. “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it burned in one.” I don’t recall ever hearing that one before. But in today’s fast paced social media world, it rings true. As business professionals, we have to make sure our organizations provide value. As tempting as it might be to hold a product or service until it’s perfected, it’s possible the rest of the world will declare the need for it irrelevant.
Definitely a balancing act between the need to stay in the game and the need to provide maximum value.