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The Lateness/Success Parabola

X Axis: Successful, active, energetic, busy

Y Axis: How frequently the person is late

End result: Unsuccessful people are late for meetings, cancel, miss them, etc, frequently because they're disorganized, sloppy, etc. As you get to the middle of the curve and moderate/large success, people don't miss meetings or be late. Being late and disorganized is hugely negative correlated with success.

But here's the interesting question: Why does the frequency of lateness/cancellations go up on the high end of the curve again? I don't personally think that successful people are less conscientious; all of my experience shows the opposite, by and large. It's a popular media narrative, but seems largely unwarranted and untrue.

What is true is that people who are doing important and large-scale things will wind up with events that are orders of magnitude more important than whatever is scheduled, and thus really justifiably need to cancel. I had a good friend who is clockwork-on-time shoot me a message a few minutes before we were set to talk that he had to cancel because he had an important investor want to fund 25% of their target for a Series A round. Yeah, dude, no worries. Kill it.

Is Exponential Growth Possible?

On The Best of Sett

This site is for people who want to grow exponentially; to improve their ability to improve themselves. Is this even possible?

Here's an exponential curve:

Making one positive change makes it easier to make more positive changes in future. So at first glance, it looks as though your rate of growth should keep growing, and that exponential improvements are possible.

But clearly you can't grow exponentially forever. We don't encounter people who've reached a "productivity singularity" where they can complete their daily tasks in five minutes, and spend the rest of their time reading time-management books (while jogging on a treadmill) to become even more efficient.

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