ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Begin Where You Are

Updated on February 22, 2016

Could our greatest victories over the most difficult problems be realized in the phrase "despise not small beginnings".

Our modern culture often makes this very difficult because it promotes, instant answers and immediate gratification.

This is primarily due to the idea that we like simple solutions that are neat and tidy. Oh and by the way if they could be discovered and implemented before the end of our favorite weekly television program that would be perfect.

Now this tendency could be well documented across political, family, work and relationship landscapes as well as many others.

Obviously efficiency and timely results have their place. I would argue however that many times the most powerful realities we enjoy today are because of things that start out from very small beginnings. Their initial start often give little indication of the triumph and great change or benefit to come!

History shows us that small beginnings can have monumental results of positive change.

A Hard Case

Civil Right Movement - Freedom Riders

In the spring of 1961, a small group of civil rights activists began the difficult, dangerous and sometimes deadly journey toward breaking down the racial segregation laws in the United States.

These laws stated that African Americans were only aloud to sit in the back of public transportation buses. Furthermore, blacks were not permitted to eat in restaurants or sit in waiting rooms at the bus terminals.

At the beginning of these peaceful protests the size, intensity and ferocity of opposition against them suggested it was pure futility in the attempt of creating any real or lasting change.

History shows us that this small beginning was in fact the catalyst for the larger major civil rights movement that lead to the 1964 and 1965 Civil and Voting Rights Act respectively.

These humble beginnings become the foundations of inspiration for additional legislation, used by Dr. Martin Luther King and others to help turned the country toward a more positive path.

In the end it caused the dismantling of blatant racism and systemic discrimination. It lead to the mechanism of hope and change that eventually gave way to people largely not being treated and judged by the color of their skin but rather the content of their character as quoted in ground breaking Washington D.C. speech " I Have A Dream ".

A Practical Case

The aforementioned example, although important was quite heavy duty.

Let’s take a look at a more personal or practical example of this concept of despise not small beginnings.

Say for example you have a vision of being the first to graduate from college in your family. Or you want to be elected to your local school board where your children attend. Perhaps you have a goal of losing weight or getting fit or even running in a marathon! Maybe you’d like to master a second language.

All of these examples and as many more as there are people can be leveraged and realized by the slow, steady compounding effect of a small beginning the is allowed to continue on it’s powerful arch of potential.

If we’ll not judge or abandon our focus when looks like we’ll never pass that“ difficult “ class, get one single vote, or stop eating your late night calorie laden favorites, run around the block let along 26 miles or put together that first really coherent sentence of a foreign language.

A Fun Hypothetical

Lets take a look at an astounding example and genius of not paying attention to how a right cause or a worthwhile dream looks in the beginning.

Rather being disciplined to know what will happen if we begin and continue with only the end in mind. It revolves around an idea that has sometimes been referred to as the eighth wonder of the world!

Compound Interest.

The financial world and money markets have long since known and realized this fact. Although there are market limitations in the real world if we look at the principle of constant compound interest rate applied to capital the results are exponentially geometric!



Now take a moment and consider the following:

If you had a choice of a 35-day bonus to get out of debt but had 30 seconds to choose a payout option based on the 8th day of growth, which would, you choose?

Option One is one thousand dollars a day.

Option Two is one cent per day that doubles each day.

Well at first glance some quick math makes the question seem almost a bit ridiculous.

Option One would yield you a hefty $8,000 after eight days. So of course this is the right choice, isn’t it?

Option two would only accumulate a pathetic $ 2.55 in comparison!

Seems like a clear choice unless you’re exercising the power to despise not small beginnings and you take a closer look at the other 27 days in the month!

I think we need a drum roll please. The results of what happens next are truly astounding.

On the 16th day with Option One your thousand dollar days would bring in a very exciting $16,000!

Option Two improved but would only produced a comparatively pedestrian result of $ 653 dollars.

If you had picked the thousand dollar days no doubt you would be happy and feeling good about the debts you could retire at the end of 35 days.

However the rare person with a glimpse of the potential of compound interest could actually not only pay off all their debts – they would be able to easily RETIRE THEMSELVES and THEIR extended FAMILY as well with an outrageous accumulation of wealth totaling $339,456,652!!

If you made your 30 second choice on the natural impulse you would have done well and at the end of 35 days you would have had $ 35,000 dollars for your trouble. However waiting and allowing a small beginning to reach it’s fullest potential would have changed your entire destiny.

Although this is a fictitious example, it dramatically highlights the principle point.

Despise not small beginnings in whatever you’re doing. Keep a strong attitude as you get started and keep going until you reach your goal!

StayPos!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR

      StayPos 

      8 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thanks for the kind compliment Lady_E!

      I always appreciate the opportunity to inspire and encourage :-) Glad you enjoyed!

      All the Best

    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very inspiring and encouraging. I like the way you made it practical with the "options".

      You are very wise.

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR

      StayPos 

      8 years ago from Florida, USA

      Wonderful addition Cloverleaf,

      Another marvelous equation of growth, rule of 72!

      It's definitely something we all should know and put to work.

      When does class start :-)

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR

      StayPos 

      8 years ago from Florida, USA

      Real Housewife,

      Terrific pick of option 2 :-)

      Cha Ching! Now can you imagine one stock a day doubled, SUPER DUPER Cha Ching!

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR

      StayPos 

      8 years ago from Florida, USA

      Dexter,

      Thank you sir!

      Just trying to contribute :-)

      Glad you enjoyed this one.

    • Cloverleaf profile image

      Cloverleaf 

      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Ah the magic of compounding interest. It really fascinates me! I also love the The "Rule of 72" that says you take the interest rate (assuming that it's compounded annually) and divide 72 by it. For an investment that yields 7% annual returns, that means 72 / 7 which means it takes roughly 10.3 years to double your money. Sweet!

    • RealHousewife profile image

      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I would have picked option 2! But then, last year when my sugar asked me what I wanted for Valentines day - I said buy me a 1000 shares of Sirius satellite stock:) now can you say cha Ching?!!

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      8 years ago from United States

      StayPos! As usual, what you have to say makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing and helping others with your intelligence!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)