Okay, 1 percent growth every day is something rhetoric, as growth in every domain of one’s interest cannot be calculated in arithmetic terms and percentages. The concept is basically excelling with baby step, learning small lessons every day to eventually having accumulated a lot of knowledge and expertise over the longer run.

Therefore, I have a certain number of domains charted out for me. These are domains which I find intriguing and interesting. Domains, knowledge of which is going to pay me off a solid dividend in times to come. And, therefore I read and explore more about those domains every day to augment a tad bit more about them to my ken every passing day.

That way, probably I don’t excel much in either of them on an any particular day under the lens. However, if the daily progress over a long span of time is compounded and parsed, then in each of those sectors, I end up way more enriched and erudite with enhanced ability of comprehension.

Allow me to elucidate with some instances.


Instance #1:

I want to enrich my command over English language and therefore, I learn/revise five new/forgotten words and their meanings each day ans also practice building sentences using the same. Five words a day isn’t that big a count to bolster one’s vocabulary. But, over a month’s course, you end up with 150 words on your tongue for disposal!

And, in my view, that is enough to transform an individual’s writing skills. Just five words a day. To help understand my approach better, I am sharing an excel sheet I use to keep a record of all words I explore each day as follows:


Instance #2:

I aspire to be a person who never runs out of things to be grateful for in life. That I believe will always keep me positive and upbeat about my living no matter what inevitable ups and downs come my way. Ergo, I write a letter almost every day to a person elucidating why I am thankful to them. This way I find a new thing to be thankful for each day.

At times to friends and connections who added joys to my life sometime in the past. And at other times I have written to comedians who have made me laugh and business tycoons who have inspired me to think bigger than my life suggests. Do I get a reply from any of them? Well, two of the standup comedians actually did revert to my letters!

Here is a screen shot with replies from renowned Indian stand-up comics, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia and Aadar Malik:


Instance #3:

I want to bolster my knack for writing. I want to be so good at generating ideas and thoughts that I never run out of things to write. And, therefore each day I make sure that I must churn out a minimum of 2,000 words irrespective of whether have something in my mind to write about or not.

Sometimes I end up with trash on my laptop’s screen and sometimes it turns out to be my personal best piece ever. But with the habit of writing 2,000 words a day no matter what, I have largely managed to train my grey matter to throws at me ideas which I can write about. It helps em make sure I’m never out of things to write about. And, that has happened only because I write 2,000 words a day no matter how good or bad they may be. It’s not just a practice. It’s a ritual.


Instance #4:

I want to be a person who knows a lot about masterful tycoons who have made it big in their life on their own. And, therefore I make sure to read and learn something new about one such personality each day. Yesterday, I explored life of Uday Kotak, the owner of Kotak Mahindra Bank with a valuation of over $10 Billion attached to his name.

A day before that I learned about Hoteling giant Bikki Oberoi. And, the same way I also gleaned intricate details about lives, failures, hardships and successes of people like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Anand Mahindra of Mahindra Group, Modern India’s greatest statesmen Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji, mastermind behind Aadhar Project, Nandan Nilekani Ji and so many more of such eminent individuals.

Attached image shows the front pages of my notes on Shashi Tharoor, and the father of White Revolution in India, Shri Verghese Kurien Ji.


Instance #5:

I have a keen interest in Indian economy but have no attachments to the economic background as far as academics go. So, I read books on economics by noted Indian economists like Kaushik Basu and Bibek Debroy to better my understanding. I don’t go by the cumbersome approach of completing the entire book at one go. I just read a few chapters of such books a day. One tiny step at a time.

Another activity I do to bolster my understanding of how Indian economy and politics are largely entwined into each other is spending nearly two hours each day only reading each and every editorial and the entire economy sections from over four separate newspapers.

I’m not bragging. Economics eludes me and I still seem to love it. And, therefore spending time on it seems legit and worth the investment.


These are just some of instances to share how I aspire to “Grow 1 % every day” in the domains I care about and find important for my future. I hope the reader finds the answer augmenting some value to their perspective. Bliss!

Regards,

Shilanjan

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