Would you rather grow a spinach plant or a mango sapling?
Growing a spinach plant involves putting in a little effort today to obtain a quick reward. Both your investment and returns are immediate. With the mango tree, you would require careful and regular tending in the initial years. Your investment is separated from the returns by a large period of time, during which it compounds.
Several one-off opportunities enhance our life momentarily – an inspiring book on a flight, a tasty salad at a restaurant, a weekend yoga retreat or a cycling trip through the countryside. The flip side of these one-off experiences is that they do not compound. They all come with the promise of having a long standing impact in our lives, but more often than not, they vanish like flares in the dark after the moment has passed.
How can you change that? How do you make these experiences and their benefits sustain? Rather than order the occasional salad, how can you make salads a regular part of your diet? How does your learning from a book translate into a weekly practice? Which three postures from the yoga retreat can you do every single day?
Naval Ravikant mentioned how if you can’t work with somebody for the rest of your life, don’t work with them for a day. Similarly, the value of any one-time experience is often fleeting if you can’t do something with it on a daily, weekly or on a monthly basis.