The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. — Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.
Every single day, we have a choice. We can get a tiny bit better or a tiny bit worse.
One of the most powerful ideas I’ve ever learned is an idea called The 1% Rule from James Clear.
He wrote a brilliant book called Atomic Habits. And The 1% Rule is fascinating.
It says, "What if you could improve yourself by just 1% every day?"
If you get better by 1% every day, after one year, you’re actually 37.78% better. Think about that.
That’s 37.78% more you, a better you.
And that shows in someone. It shows in the way you look and the way you carry yourself, in the income you earn, in the type of people you associate with. And that’s basic maths.
But most people don’t do that.
Most people fail to make any decision with regard to that choice. And so, they let the days unfold for them blindly, with no intention.
Well, think about this. In a day, we have this thing called time. Most of us waste our time. Look at these stats.
On average, we spend 12 minutes waiting for a train, 22 minutes at a restaurant waiting for a meal. If you go to the post office, you’re spending 10 minutes on average in line. We toss away minutes all the time.
The 20-Minute Rule
So one of the key things that I recommend people do, whenever they come to me about some aspect of their life that they want to improve, I say, "Okay, look. There’s this therapy, and there’s this modality. And you cannot do all of that. But at the basic level, you’ve got to set aside 20 minutes a day and mark that time. And in that 20 minutes, dedicate yourself to learning something related to personal growth."
Not learning something about history or geography, that has its place. But no, I’m talking about personal growth, how to be better at all the things that make you human, 20 minutes a day.
I do it before I go to work. I deliberately wake up earlier than I need to. After I’ve showered, after I’ve used the gym, meditated, and eaten, I have 20 minutes to dedicate to my personal growth.
You can do it as you’re commuting by listening a podcast. You can do it by reading a book. But that 20 minutes a day, when applied to personal growth, is probably the number one thing you can do in life. It is one of the most important things our schools can teach. It is one of the most important things companies can give their people.
Remember, 20 minutes a day applied to personal growth is a 1% gain every single day.
And these gains add up. Adopt a deliberate clear focus on personal growth.