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Talk about the arch, but see the scaffolding beneath it

The arch is an architectural marvel. It bears its own weight and supports the weight of the wall above it. The challenge of building an arch is not making one that will stay up after its built. An unfinished arch has no strength. The real challenge is making sure it stays up at every moment before the keystone is in place.

Before the keystone, scaffolding is more important than the arch itself.

So, even while we tell stories and create a vision of the future, we still have to bridge the gap between "today" and "tomorrow" one self-supporting step at a time.


By Michael Nygard

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