I guess it's both. Sorry to ruin it for you.
I knew a guy, he was pretty successful. I once had the rare privilege of sharing a few beers in his company. A few turned into a few too many. As seems to be the theme lately. I don't recall what prompted it, but he said "I worry about the small things, and the big things sort of take care of themselves."
The cognitive dissonance I experienced was impressive, given the light buzz I had going on.
I'd always thought the opposite. That when the big picture is well-maintained the details fill themselves in. Hire good people; don't micromanage. If a girl is beautiful, funny and smart she's probably a catch.
And then I got to thinking about this guys behaviour. He consistently, consistent being the operative word, did the little things. He had a car and a sweet crib.
It's important, I guess, to always look at situation in a few ways. Being able to step back to see where things are going is important. A strategic plan, with direction and achievable goals is a must, to successfully negotiate one challenge after another. When it comes to executing plans and reaching those goals, technical perfection, patience and persistence are critical to each victory. More importantly, recovering from each loss. I'm digging the idea that failure is critical to success. That seems to be pretty blatantly laid out in sales.
Basically, I'm obsessed with this website.
If you don't know who Joe Wilson is, or what he did, you read less news than me. Consider yourself, benchmarked.
UPDATE: My fave Joe Wlson website got shut down, it seems. Too libelous I guess.