The1 percent rule: how it is useful?Let’s assume two trees aregrowing near to each other.
Trees compete for sunlight and nutrition from soilbut one of the trees is growing a little bit faster than the other. It absorbsmore sunlight and more nutrition, one the next day; the bigger tree will absorbmore sunlight and more nutrition and grow taller. And soon the taller tree willcover the most part of the area and no area for a slow growing tree. The tallertree will produce fruits fast and ultimately gives more and fast seeds. The nextgeneration of trees will grow even more faster and ultimately will cover thewhole forest. It is called accumulativeadvantage meaning the small advantage grows over time.
How it is related to usin real life? Let’s find out!The winner gets everythingThe samegoes for people. We compete for the same money, respect, resources or everythingelse. Such an effect, when a small difference in the return leads to adisproportionate reward, is called the “Winner takes all”effect. It is enough to have an advantage of only one percent, one second,one dollar to get a 100% reward. Any decisions related to limited resources, such as time and money, naturallylead to a situation where the winner receives everything.The winner gets the most”Winnergets everything” effect, characteristic for individual competitions, oftenleads to the appearance of the “Winner gets the most” effect in otherareas of life. Once you start winning at the smallest level you start gainingadvantages, it adds up and it makes you successful again and again.
What wasinitially only a small margin now becomes more like a rule 20/80. Winning onearea increases the chances of winning in the other areas of the job. Andeach succeeding success only strengthens the position of the winners. Overtime, all the awards and benefits are for those who at first slightlyoutperformed competitors and those who have lagged behind remain almost withnothing. You have tobe just little extra in everything to get long time achievements and success. Youdon’t have to work day and night to achieve it. The smalldifference in work with time can lead to an uneven distribution ofprivileges.
That’s why right habits are so important. It is enough to surpass competitors only by 1%. But if you maintain youradvantage today, tomorrow, day by day, you will win over and over again due tothis advantage. And every victory will bring all the best results. This is the rule of 1%. Do not need to be twice as good to get twice asmuch.
You need to put more effort into just 1%.