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May 13, 2019 16:17:41

x1.01 and 10x

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Haider Al-Mosawi

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When it comes to personal development and life change, I like to think of two approaches that seem to be polar opposites, but can work harmoniously in one's life.

Small Increments - Kaizen

This philosophy is based on making small, seemingly negligible changes in one's daily life that can add up to great results with time.

Reading 2 pages a day.

Doing 10 squats.

Writing 200 words a day.

In and of themselves, these actions don't seem to be contributing to our overall life goals, which is why it's so easy to overlook their importance.

But small contributions here and there make a huge difference. The amount of information you consume and the writings you produce start to pile up with time. 

A couple of years ago I write an ebook that's around 25,000 words. After writing the book I decided to collect my weekly newsletters and publish them as a collection of essay. The newsletters, which I hadn't considered as a book, ended up being over 55,000 words.

I was sitting on a goldmine without realizing what I had produced.

Massive Change

Incremental, linear improvements are often the result of doing more of the same. We come up with a way of doing something, then stick to doing it, changing the degree of what we do, but not the kind of thing we do.

We write blog posts and more blog posts.

We produce ebooks and more ebooks.

We go to the gym, and try to spend more time at the gym.

The 10x philosophy is about doing things differently, and that difference produces results we hadn't seen before.

Maybe instead of blog posts you can create YouTube videos.

Instead of ebooks you can produce online courses.

Instead of only going to the gym, maybe we can pick up a sport.

Massive change often requires questioning our assumptions about what success involves and what we should be doing to achieve success.

What can you do to not only double your writing output, but increase it by a factor of ten? Maybe you can use dictation software or transcribe talks you've given to produce short books?

How about your income? What can you do differently that doesn't produce a marginal gain but changes your income (and lifestyle) drastically?

Think of your daily improvements, but also question your assumptions about what's possible.

Don't belittle the little, and don't ignore the grand changes you can make in your life.

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    @haideralmosawi I am interested in both concepts and how they intertwine. For instance, which one usually comes first? Do the incremental changes lay a foundation that allows you to take massive change and scale? Does it take massive change to get you started and then you incrementally improve? I am inclined to think that small incremental changes over time will tend to lead to more massive and long-term results. Massive change can move the needle but it's generally not sustainable. Take diets for example in which people make massive changes, get results, but then the weight comes back with a vengeance.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 13, 2019 07:46:20
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      @haideralmosawi @brandonwilson - can you run a marathon before you run a hundred yards?

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 13, 2019 08:14:58
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      @haideralmosawi @brianball Point for Kaizen! How about people who tried to stop smoking using all the various methods and then eventually stopped cold turkey and no longer smoke?

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 13, 2019 08:27:14
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      @brandonwilson - did they stop smoking all the cigarettes or just not smoke the next one?

      i.e. they only failed to smoke one cigarette

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 13, 2019 09:17:28
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      @haideralmosawi @brianball I'd say someone used to smoking one pack a day or more suddenly not smoking at all is a pretty massive change.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 13, 2019 09:33:28
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      @brandonwilson -- as we start to argue, we need to calibrate what level of zoom we're using. Are you looking at the 1-Month view or the 10-second view? Massive explosions are a collection of chemical reactions -- not just one.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 13, 2019 10:59:01
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      @brandonwilson @brianball A couple of things worth noting:

      1- It's sometimes easier to go binary on a change than do it incrementally. Sometimes it's easier saying no to sugar than trying to moderate its consumption. The Whole30 diet program was the strictest I've ever been on, but also the easiest.

      2- 10x usually involves taking an entirely different approach vs doing more of the same. It's the difference between asking for a raise and creating additional income streams you hadn't considered.

      I'm personally in a better position - in terms of confidence and energy - when I'm committing to small, daily changes, which make me open up to bigger changes in my life.

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 14, 2019 15:34:06
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      @haideralmosawi Good points and well said.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 14, 2019 06:58:32
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