Episode #16: Compounding Improvement

Episode #16: Compounding Improvement


Aristotle famously said “we are what we repeatedly do.” Our habits (positive or negative) shape who we become. If this is true, how do we best architect what we repeatedly do?

In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear calls habits “the compound interest of improvement”. Compound interest is when we earn interest on our interest, or more simply, when we start to gain on our gains. In this way, small actions, consistently made over time, can produce the best results for our lives. Our hope is this week, a short talk by Mr. Clear encourages us to better form small habits and decisions that will have compounding positive effects over our lifetime.

Everyone wants major change, but the truth is small habits and decisions are transforming us every day. Mathematically, if we get 1% better every day, we will be 37x better by the end of the year. Small, incremental, everyday routines compound and add up to massive, positive change over time. If we want to form these new habits, we should make them obvious, attractive, easy, and satisfying. Conversely, do the opposite for bad habits. Make them invisible, unattractive, difficult, and unsatisfying. For more tips, watch this short video.


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