Zeroth
(rich)

# The reach ratio

The best thing about time, distance, amounts, and really any unit of measure is the brief interval between 1/3 and 1/2. Because if you think about it, 1/3 isn’t very much. I mean if you take any whole entire thing, say a foot or a song or an elephant, and chop it into 3 equal pieces and then consider just one of those pieces your really not talking about a lot in the grand scheme of things. I mean that’s something anybody can handle. 1/3.

Even the most daunting of entities such as demons or torture or helping a friend move, when broken into thirds, suddenly seem quite manageable. And 1/2 is the real milestone if you think about it. That’s what you’re shooting for. Once you hit that halfway point it’s all gravy from there. Once you hit .5 all you need to do is add another millimeter, another ounce, another hundredth of a second, another .00001 of anything and all the sudden you’re OVER half way through/done/complete/there and that’s something special.

In that precise moment the future becomes easier than the past. The proverbial scale has tipped in your favor. The difference between 1/3 and 1/2 is only 1/6. 0.166666 repeating. That’s nothing! You just did 1/6 of something reading this sentence.

So if we’ve established that 1/3 of anything isn’t anything to fret over and 1/2 of something is the ultimate threshold one needs to attain, and 1/6 (the difference between the two) is barely more than zero, then any task or aspiration set before you is magically within reach.

I call it the Reach Ratio.