How Do You Eat an Elephant?

Last Update: November 14, 2014

Last year I fulfilled one of my dreams: to be on a TV show!
I live on the coast of North Carolina where TONS of shows and movies are filmed. So, this was something I just had to do!

I have tons of freedom with my schedule since quitting my management job June 19th, 2012, so time wasn't an issue, I just needed to find the right project. Finally I found the part I wanted to play, on Fox's show called Sleepy Hollow. It sounded fun.

I applied and I got it! (I was an extra, but I did get some good screen time!). To be honest, it was a lot of waiting, and standing, and sitting, and EATING. It was quite a time. I probably won't ever do it again. I mean, it did get boring at times.

I had fun meeting them. They even laughed at a couple of my stupid jokes on set!

These people were really great to meet!

But, it was my dream, and hey, it was cool! I remember on the second day (I was on set for 4 days) the director took a break and sat down right next to me (which shocked me, I was just an extra!).

I complimented him on the job he was doing. He smiled, and said there was a LONG way to go. A lot needed to be done. I nodded, not knowing what to say. Then he turned to me and asked me a question I will never forget. He asked me, "How do you eat an elephant?"

I had no idea what he was talking about. The set smelled like drugs, so maybe he was on some, who knows?

After I admitted I had no idea, he smiled and said, "One bite at a time".

I never forgot that. There were a MILLION things that needed to be done, he was having to direct an episode that was costing Fox over 2 MILLION DOLLARS. And how did he approach that task?

One bite at a time. You can't take it on all at once. All you have to do is just take on that next bite.

Many people feel overwhelmed when they start learning affiliate marketing, and that's ok. You will never learn everything at once. Try to learn just 1 thing at a time.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
How do you learn affiliate marketing? One bite at a time.

If you ever feel overwhelmed, just take a deep breath, and then take that next bite.
Then you are one step closer to your goal.

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bikenhoofin Premium
What an amusing analogy. I feel overwhelmed just thinking about proceeding with WA sometimes, but your post makes me feel a little better (and less stressed) about it. Good way to explain it. Thanks for sharing!
danbarth87 Premium
Thanks so much! Glad it was helpful
JoseCarlos Premium
Great advice Dan, if you ever feel overwhelmed by any big trouble, you just have to divide it in small pieces and fix each piece at a time. The same happens with goals, if you have a huge goal, like I don't know "I want to be a millionaire", divide your goal in smaller goals and go for them each one at a time.
danbarth87 Premium
So true!
Manageable goals on the road to our larger goals is the way to go!
kennnyb Premium
Yes I have heard that one many times but it is so true.
donrw059 Premium
Good philosophy. I bite at a time, and in life, one day at a time. I think my brain exploded today. Overload....overload...overload.
Great blog.
danbarth87 Premium
Thanks! It helps me when I feel overloaded. Glad to share it!
JennPGD Premium
Haha.. this was popular at work. I don't eat an elephant. I eat a frog. The biggest and the ugliest one first. :))
danbarth87 Premium
haha. That's really brave!
JennPGD Premium
Yup! Check out Brian Tracy's book. ;)