“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
I was scrolling somewhere on the internet when I came across this 1.01^356 with the caption “the most motivated thing”. To be honest, I didn’t get at first because it’s numbers that represented some type of data for me. I mean 1.01^356, if calculated out is 34.55. But looking at the numbers closely, there is more significance. 356 represented the days in a year, while 1.01 might be harder to understand but converting it to a percentage, it becomes more understandable as 101%. Thus if we interpret doing the same thing in a day, meaning no improvement or diminishing of self, then we are doing 100%. Statistically speaking, if we improve ourself by 1% each day, by compound interest, we have the potential to improve our self by 34.55%.
To understanding it a bit better, if we start at $1000, and we wanted to save 1% each day. The first day would be $10. The next day, you add another 1%, which makes it $10.10. The 10 cent difference seems small at first, but to think, you added $1020.10 to your savings. In 10 days, you have added 104.62 to your bank account.
Applying it to yourself, studying 1% a day, exercise 1% each day, improving yourself a day becomes much more manageable. Say for example, climbing a mountain seems daunting because the sheer enormity of it, but those who venture into mountain Everest doesn’t do that in one day. (Unless they cheat and take a helicopter ride to the top). It goes to the old adage “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
This in itself does become seem a little difficult because perception of the world ask us to be the top of the game now. Meaning the world doesn’t want you to have patience for you to achieve greatness. To “cheat” this ideology is to quickly rise the top, quit the work and find something easier. Which sounds like what I am doing, but not in its entirety. I honestly believe there is nothing to avoid the work but as a lazy employee, I tend to find ways to make it easier. That’s when working effective, efficient, and well lazy makes the difficult work not that hard.
With that being said, that work is needed, and sometimes it might take long, but there is time for it. Just need to change the perception that the world needs you to rush. The world actually, has it time and place for you to go along your pace. “You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffett.
How are you moving forward? What’s taking you there?