Finish Your Pyramid, Build Your Success.

An unexpected lesson to push your growth by looking at majestic pyramid


Yogi Saputro

2 years ago | 1 min read

Let’s take a look at this magnificent ancient wonder: The Great Pyramid of Giza.

Photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash
Photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash

Standing 146 meters tall, made of 2.3 million limestone blocks weighing 2.5 tons each, this pyramid is a true testament of mankind achievement. Recently, I realized it is the perfect analogy of building success. Well, things often found in motivational books, such as:

  • Great achievement is made from little successes, build from time to time.
  • All great things take time to build.
  • You need hard work and manage resources to achieve great result.
  • Build your way, one block at a time.

I will dig deeper on last statement, but I will add a statement first :

Building success is like building pyramid, and watching successful person is like watching a standing pyramid.

When watching a pyramid, we tend to look for visible qualities. Like how tall it is, or how big it is. The same goes to the way we look at successful person. We see the wealth, power, or influence.

On the other hand, building pyramid takes planning and execution. Many things need to be considered from provisioning, transporting, to assembling stone blocks. But for now I am going to talk about building pyramid from stone blocks. One characteristics of pyramid is wider base structure that narrows down to the top.

Now, I’m going to ask one question: At what height you can consider Pyramid of Giza half done, assuming its all made from stone blocks?

If you answer like “half of its height” or 73 meters, you are wrong. Mathematically, Pyramid of Giza is half done at around 30 meters. About one-fifth of its total height. Take a look of its visual representation below.

Original Photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash
Original Photo by Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash

This counterintuitive insight teaches worthy lesson:

  • When you don’t see fruits of your labor yet, keep pushing forward. You might not realized you’re halfway there.
  • Early efforts show little to no visible result. But later on, it gets easier.


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Yogi Saputro

Simple man who build tech, help businesses grow, and tell stories about it.







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