Welcome to The One Percent Show with Vishal Khandelwal. This show is an open-ended exploration into the minds of the wisest people around to help us learn to think, invest, and live each day a little, as little as one percent, better.
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Ep. 1: Manish Chokhani on the Business of Life
The Story Behind “One Percent”
Benjamin Franklin said, “Little strokes fell great oaks.” Warren Buffett advised, “Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill.” The Japanese have talked for centuries about Kaizen, which means ‘small continuous improvements.’ And you must have seen this equation – 1.01365 = 37.8.
What this equation and the accompanying advice really means is that instead of trying to make radical changes in a short amount of time, if you can just make small improvements – just 1% better – every day, that will gradually lead to the change you want in your life.
Each day, just focus on getting 1% better in whatever it is you are trying to improve. That’s it. Just 1%.
What does 1% a day mean? Nothing, really. It just means get a little better each day – as simple as reading one page of a book per day, or watching one TED talk per day, or exercising for only five minutes per day. It is hard to quantify. But the important thing to know is this – One percent better each day, compounded, is almost 3800% better each year. Big change, with just one percent.
James Clear wrote in his book, Atomic Habits –
I like to refer to habits as the compound interest of self-improvement, and the reason why I like that phrase is that, the same way that money multiplies through compound interest, the effects of your habits multiply as you repeat them over time…[I]f you can get just one percent better each day, so .01365, you end up 37 times better by the time you get to the end of the year.
That is the idea behind The One Percent Show. To take you on an open-ended exploration into the minds of the wisest people around whose insights and wisdom can help you learn to think, invest, decide, and live each day a little, as little as one percent, better.
Thank you for being a part of this initiative. I look forward to walking with you on this journey of self-improvement, step by step, one percent by one percent.
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