What habits compound?
The first thing that comes to mind is reading.
“The foundation of learning is reading.” - Naval
Compound interest: Compound interest (or compounding interest) is the interest on a loan or deposit calculated based on both the initial principal and the accumulated interest from previous periods. Compound returns often cause exponential growth.
The act of reading compounds overtime.
Reading for 15 mins will probably feel insignificant. Over a large period of time though, consistently reading for 15 minutes everyday will heed exponential returns.
The fundamentals that you base your knowledge upon on will grow, and eventually you will be able to derive things from first principles.
Connecting The Dots
Steve Jobs famously took a typography class in college. 10 years later, that class inspired him to add different font faces to the first Macintosh.
What you learn now might not be useful in the moment. But eventually, it will all come together.
“Believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your curiosities” - Steve Jobs
I’ve been reading a lot of Charlie Munger, Naval, and Farnam Street lately so kudos to them for inspiration.