The 1 Percent Rule: Why a Few People
Get Most of the Rewards
Let’s imagine two trees are growing near to each other. Trees
compete for sunlight and nutrition from soil but one of the trees is growing
little bit faster than the other. It absorbs more sunlight and more nutrition, one the next day; the
bigger tree will absorb more sunlight and more nutrition and grow taller. And soon
the taller tree will cover the most part of the area and no area for slow
growing tree. The taller tree will produce fruits fast and ultimately gives
more and fast seeds. The next generation of trees will grow more faster and ultimately
will cover whole forest. It is called accumulative
advantage meaning the small advantage grows over time.
The winner gets
goes with people. We compete for the same money, respect, resources or everything
else. Such an effect, when a small difference in the
return leads to a disproportionate 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, naturally lead to a situation where the winner receives
Winning one increases
the chances of winning in the other. And each succeeding success only
strengthens the position of the winners.
Over time, all the awards and benefits are those
who at first slightly outperformed competitors, and those who have lagged
behind remain almost with nothing.
small difference in work
with time can lead to an uneven distribution of privileges. That’s why
right habits are so important.
It is enough to surpass competitors only by 1%. But
if you maintain your advantage today, tomorrow, day by day, you will win over
and over again due to this advantage. And every victory will bring all the
This is the rule of 1%. Do not need to be
twice as good to get twice as much. You need to put more effort into just