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Compound learning

I find the concept that learning and achievements compound very motivating, and thought it was worth writing a short post on it.

“If others would think as hard as I did, they would get similar results”

Isaac Newton

Consider this (unrealistic) equation for a moment. If you improve by 1% every day, after one year you’ll be 37.8 times better.

It’s not all entirely fictional though. Famous mathematician and computer scientist Richard Hamming said “Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice out-produce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity — it is very much like compound interest.”

A great example is Warren Buffett, who estimates that he spends 80 percent of his working day reading and thinking, getting through 500 pages daily. The Omaha World-Herald reported that when he began his investing career “he would read even more, hitting 600, 750, even 1,000 pages a day.“

“Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.”

Charlie Munger


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Nick is an entrepreneur. He’s the CEO of food tech company and HR software company Air ( He’s an BBC Apprentice 2012 finalist, received an honour doctorate from Aston University in 2016 and sometimes does some guest speaking.

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Nick Holzherr

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