Peter Diamandis recently answered questions for Tim Ferriss’ podcast. One nugget I want to pull from his answers is the idea of “doubling up”. He doesn’t explicitly say “doubling up”, but instead describes a numerical sequence (power of 2) where each number is doubled in the next step: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, etc. I love this idea, because it gives a concrete method for how small beginnings can lead to very large happenings over time.
He then goes on to point out that you can extend this to a billion.
2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384, 32768, 65536, 131072, 262144, 524288, 1048576, 2097152, 4194304, 8388608, 16777216, 33554432, 67108864, 134217728, 268435456, 536870912, 1073741824, …
It’s 20 steps to reach 1 million. Thirty steps to reach 1 billion. Time to get started, right?
When you dream big, it helps to establish a framework of steps to get you there. This is a big picture way to do that. In my case, I see
2 = learning about nutrition on the internet
4 = act on my learned knowledge
8 = buy books about nutrition
16 = test biomarkers
32 = start participating in communities
64 = start a website devoted to nutritional pursuits
Later steps include: giving a talk about what I know, taking on a client, community activism/leadership, having 20k words on my blog, taking legitimate courses, writing an ebook, gaining 10k followers, etc. Some of the earlier steps seem really insignificant, but they quickly snowball into bigger things. You have to decide what each step correlates to, how it’s quantified. Chances are that you’re already several steps in by the time you decide to make something of it.