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[WL #166] Flywheel effect ☸️
good things leading to more good things
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Welcome to Wisdom Letter #166
Today we are talking about a concept called The Flywheel Effect.
“Flywheel Effect - When good things you do lead to more good things ‘just happening’”.
Before we dive deeper, here’s an interesting recommendation for you.
🤩 Find of the week
This week’s find is The Curiosity Chronicles newsletter from Sahil Bloom.
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He’s a prolific creator on Twitter and on his podcast.
But his newsletter is his best work imo. That’s where he gets the depth to write about interesting mental models and thinking frameworks.
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Now, onto today’s topic -
The Flywheel Effect
🤔 What is it?
The flywheel effect is a mental model where we visualize the progress of a system analogous to that of a flywheel.
It requires great effort to move a stationary flywheel (imagine merry-go-round) But it becomes less difficult for the subsequent rotation.
When pushed continuously in one direction, it gains a high speed after which it requires little or no push to keep it moving.
Why it matters
The flywheel effect is an example of how one can divorce effort and results.
They need not be linearly aligned. We can achieve great results with little effort if we take the advantage of reinforcing loops.
How it works
The flywheel stores kinetic energy and uses this to accelerate the wheel.
A Flywheel needs to be moved consistently in one direction to be able to take advantage of the kinetic energy. Change direction and you have lost any impact you had to set it to motion.
The larger the flywheel, the difficult it will be to set it to motion but similarly, it will be difficult to stop it once it starts moving.
The flywheel begins to stop when there is friction or any other form of external force.
Minimal effort can keep the flywheel moving despite the friction.
For a longer discussion on The Flywheel Effect read an older post from us -
In that post we discuss the areas where you can apply the flywheel effect - business, relationships, habits. And also 1 area where it doesn’t work 😅
Plus a bunch of recommended articles, videos and podcasts.
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