How’s it going?
Wanted to share a thought that went through my mind today.
It has something to do with compound interest, which is a form of exponential growth.
Einstein called compound interest the eighth wonder of the world.
“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” -Albert Einstein
According to Google, “exponential growth is growth whose rate becomes ever more rapid in proportion to the growing total number or size.”
It’s one of the most fundamental elements of income and money management.
It has much larger implications in life, success, and manifesting your desired reality.
First, let me tell you a story.
Recently my wife and I decided we’d rent out a room in our house to someone who can help us with meals. We’d pay their rent and food in exchange with some cooking support.
We’re not totally sure if this is a good idea or not, as there are many ways it can go wrong.
But the first response we received from that proposal was from a guy who had this to say:
“hello im tanner, me and my girlfriend are going through a rough patch. ive worked my whole life but suddently i got laid off and ive been looking for a job nonstop with no luck. between the both of us we have 400 dollars in food stamps that wed love to help out with. thanks for your time and i look forward to your responce.”
Now there’s a guy who understands the implications of compound interest!!
Now I’m not an old man, but if I were I would probably tell this guy what I’m about to tell you. But, for now, I’m a young man with a young family and a blossoming career…I can’t be taking risks telling people what’s on my mind all the time.
Otherwise I’d go around calling people shitty names all day and dismissing them as losers. I might even catch a right hook or two.
Hey, I guess I have my own share of shitty traits after all.
But when I read that message I realized two things:
- There ain’t no way in hell I’m letting that guy move into my house.
- I don’t for a second believe his victim story.
For 99% of people in the Western world, poverty is not something that “happens” to you out of nowhere. It happens because you spent the last 10-20 years making hundreds of thousands of tiny, stupid decision that got you where you are. And because the universe is infinitely loving, it kicks your candy ass to the curb so that you can have an opportunity to get your shit together.
I can’t believe that guy made it into a post that’s shared by an Albert Einstein quote…but, hey, stranger things’ve happened.
But if I knew that Tanner wasn’t some Oregon hillbilly that would try to throw flaming shit bags at my front door or slice my tires in the name of Jesus Christ or America, fruit cakes, and shotgun weddings, then I’d probably tell him something like this:
“Dude what the fuck is wrong with you? You’ve had your whole life to put away savings, be prudent with your money, and seek opportunities to advance your employment and make something of yourself. Did you do any of that? Or did you fucking go to a shitty, dead end job for 20 years and drink beer while screaming at a glowing box because your favorite sports team put a ball in the end zone?”
Look, I’ll be honest. I’m not over my judgement of poor people making poor decisions. It’s something that I can’t seem to look past, even though I think I have a pretty good understanding of where this behavior comes from.
I know because I grew up poor. I watched my parents not be able to afford ramen noodles. I sat in the car with no A/C in the middle of a Missouri summer while my mom salivated watching a guy eat a hamburger through the rear view mirror while she waited for my dad to haggle the cashier for a discount on a gallon of milk.
I been there.
And I see what poverty can do.
It affects everything.
But it doesn’t need to keep you down forever. You’re not bound by that…it’s just a hurdle that you have to overcome.
But god damn if my dad didn’t get hit with a ton of bricks in his mid-30’s by a sudden realization that he wasn’t providing the right type of life for his family.
That mother fucker lost his job and was on the fuckin’ horn all day long for weeks looking for a job.
He found a job. As a trucker.
I watched that dude lift fridges and shit all day so that he can make a better man out of himself and provide the right type of life for his family.
Fast forward a few years and he came to terms with a simple fact: “I bust my ass all day long while these guys sit around and jack their dicks to playboys in the warehouse bathroom. These guys are slow, inefficient, and they’re over-charging their clients.”
That’s when he realized that he could do it better. He saw the opportunity and jumped on it. Everywhere he went he told people, “Hey my name’s Ken and I can get this freight delivered for you faster and at lower cost to your business.”
And because he was hungry, they could tell that he meant it. They trusted him. They liked him. And they were willing to give him a shot.
Fast forward another few years and he had four of his own trucks, four employees, and everyone had their own cell phone in the late 90’s. He got to the point where he would just drive a van and check up on the routes and make sure people were doing their jobs.
We started going on vacations several times a year, we had Christmas presents out the ass, and life was good…he had just bought a new house and my mom was on the way to quit her job.
Then he got cancer and died. I was 13.
So much for that shit!
But before he went, he left me with one thing that no one can take away.
Because of him, I now know that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and don’t take “no” for an answer. If you work hard and commit to doing something bigger than yourself, there’s nothing that you can’t accomplish.
That man was raised by a distant and stern military colonel as a father and a mother who could barely keep up with her nine children. He never even went to high school. All he had was an 8th grade education and a fire to make something of himself.
He wasn’t sitting around sending emails about his sob story. He wasn’t making excuses about his life or the challenges he faced. And if he ever caught himself saying shit like “I’ve been looking for a job nonstop with no luck.”
When he worked his whole life and got laid off, he got another job. When he got another job, he seized the opportunity and saw a chance to create his own business. He focused on growth, not the struggle.
This tiny, tiny shift in focus is what would have made him a multi-millionaire if he were still alive today.
And that’s really what this article is about.
Because if one dollar can become two can become four, then one effort can become double can become quadruple.
That’s the power of daily action.
That’s the power of cumulative action.
That’s the power of investing in yourself.
You will pay yourself endless dividends if you look at life like a compound investment of your time, energy, and focus.
Exponential growth does not just apply to money: it applies to everything you do.
If you want massive results in your life, no matter what area it is, then start looking at all of your tiny actions, thoughts, and decisions as compound investments.
It’s really that simple.
“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” -Matthew 25:29
Expand your mind, comrade.
Expand your mentality.
Abundance is not only about money.
It’s about having…having whatever you want.
You can have more of what you want if you just get a little bit of it and compound it.
You can do anything that you want to do if you just do a little bit of it and compound it.
And you can be whoever you want to be if you just be a little bit of it and compound it.
Einstein was right. No wonder he called it the eighth wonder.
This is why it’s a recognized phenomenon that you’re more likely to get other job offers when you’re already employed…or why you get more relationship opportunities when you’re already in a relationship.
This is why! This is why, comrade!
If you want more motivation, then just get a tiny bit of it and focus compounding it.
If you want more money, then just get a little bit of it. It will compound.
If you want to lose weight, then just lose a little bit of weight and compound it.
Just do a little bit and it will grow.
The trick is you have to water it…every single day.
That’s why Tanner up there doesn’t have any money.
That’s why anyone doesn’t have what they want. They didn’t water it every day.
How can you expect something to compound if you don’t water it every day?
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?
Whether you’re actively watering it or thinking about better ways to water it, you need to put forth some kind of effort every single day.
This is the magic of thinking small and winning big.
So, to summarize, what’s the hidden consequence of everything you do?
It’s that it will compound.
If you’re a piece of shit today, and you’re a piece of shit tomorrow, then you’re going to be an exponential piece of shit 20 years from now.
If, on the other hand, you’re a hard working, honest, and financially prudent person, then you will find yourself in 20 years in a life that you could never even dream of.
Anything you set your mind to and take small towards will eventually manifest itself into your life.
Resolute Intention + Persistent Action = Eventual Manifestation
That’s the most Law of Attraction mumbo jumbo you’ll ever hear me talk anymore.
So, ask yourself…what is it that you want more of? Think about your own life and your own qualities? What type of person do you want to become more of?
Think about what intention you want for yourself and then start investing in that direction. Your efforts will compound.
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Remember, comrade…all you have to do is shift your golf club head a tiny degree and by the time the ball gets where it’s going, you’ll have seen an enormous difference in where it ends up.
But it all starts with that tiny, tiny shift of the club head.
Likewise, anything you want to do will always start with a tiny, tiny shift in your behavior and thinking.
Don’t try to get where you want to be tomorrow.
Instead, treat every day as a brand new tomorrow.
Eventually you’ll have compounded enough “tomorrows” that you’ll find yourself waking up in a reality that once upon a time you could only dream of.