Fast Company has a great audio excerpt from a Steve Jobs interview where he discusses Pixar and running a business like a marathon.
“My training has been in doing things that take a long time … I’m a long term kind of person. I have been trained to think in units of time that are measured in several years, because what I’ve chosen to do with my life. Even a small thing takes a few years. To do anything of magnitude takes at least five, more likely seven or eight. So, rightfully or wrongfully, that’s how I think.”