# The Power of One Percent

Study this formula for a moment.

No cheating. Go back and study it for a moment.

The moment I saw this, its significance blew me away.

Someone behind me mentioned that there are 365 days in a year. I'd missed that part of the formula. I was looking at the other numbers.

Here's what the formula means.

Start at 100%. Also known as 1.00.

The first figure is what happens if you improve by 1% a day, every day, for a year. You progress from 1.00 to 37.80.

Almost 38 times your starting value.

That's what 1% a day can do.

The second figure is what happens if you decline by 1% a day, every day, for a year. You end up at only 3% of where you started.

That's also what 1% a day can do.

How hard is it to improve by 1% every day? Not very.

How hard is it to backslide by 1% every day. Alas, the answer's the same. Not very.

But doesn't that inspire you? All you have to do is improve by 1% every day.

It's not hard.

And that's the power of 1%.

Updated October 18, 2017

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