It doesn't matter so much where you start (y-intercept) as long as the rate at which you are learning (slope) is sufficiently high. Given enough time, any line with a bigger slope is going to beat out any other line with a smaller slope. If you can improve yourself, or your skills, 1% a day or a week, over time you will become extremely skilled at whatever you are pursuing. Focus on the small improvements.
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- Original article (on Quora): https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-profound-life-lessons-from-Stanford-Professor-John-Ousterhout
- Aggregation of Marginal Gains 1: http://www.bnymellonbrilliant.com/thinkbrilliant/marginal-gains
- Aggregation of Marginal Gains 2: http://jamesclear.com/marginal-gains