#18: Compounding Relationships
Before senior year, I didn’t understand compounding relationships. I read from Naval that “Compounding relationships make life easier”, and I explored compound interest as a math concept. Recently, I have seen transformations of multiple relationships over the four years of college that exemplify the following: initial input compounded over a long period generates an unexpected output.
I see the immense trust, an array of mutually lived experiences, and a track record of going through hard shit that I have accumulated with some people. Thinking back to our original input, us meeting each other, I am fascinated at the power of slow compounding that has been doing its job all this time. In some cases, it is a person I overlooked but somehow they still stuck around. Their or my patience and persistence allowed us to build up our relationships to a level we would find unthinkable years ago.
Sometimes the compounding is unintentional and organic. Sometimes it requires bravery and persistence. This will become especially true post-graduation since the compounding due to a shared physical space won’t happen. So I ask myself:
Who are the people that I truly want to be compounding my relationship with over a lifetime?
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