Many Mickles Make a Muckle

The above is a Scottish proverb that was apparently popular with George Washington. It’s probably said as “many a mickle maks a muckle.” It effectively means that many little things make a big thing. It’s a very useful phrase to remember because it encapsulates the problem so many of us have with our thinking. We ignore little things. Negative and positive ones. It’s hard to think bigger picture in the day to day. Ignore that. Never mind it – it’s only a little problem. Or a small mistake. Or a small decision. But as the phrase suggests lots of small mistakes or small decisions become bigger problems. Pay attention to the little things before they become bigger things.

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