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January 13, 2021

1% Every Day = 3,800% Every Year

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You hear it all the time, grow 1% everyday. It sounds great, but what does that mean, and how do you do it?

Let’s start with doing some math. If you were to truly grow 1% every day, then you calculate the potential for growth in the year as an exponent, 1.01 to the 365th power. I’ll save you the time, that equals 3,800% in one year. That is a pretty insane amount of growth, and I think we’d all agree that would be a good year.

But what if we pick something more reasonable, say .1% every day. At the end of a year you’d experience 44% growth, meaning you’ve expanded your capacity by almost half of what you were previously capable of! That still would be incredible progress. 

.1% every single day is easy. It’s parking in the back of the parking lot to get a little exercise. It’s pausing for 5 seconds before dinner to be grateful. It’s noticing that you're getting lost scrolling on social media, so you put your phone down and move on to a more productive task. It’s little habits, little decisions like this that fuel major growth.

And you’re already doing everything right! You showing up here and reading this is that .1%, because it allows you to reflect on the person you want to be, and helps you generate an awareness for other opportunities to improve in the most subtle ways.

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