What’s a hero?

I am sure you may give me a spectrum of answers.

Let’s start.

As we are heading to the Indian Ocean Islands Games 2023, it is appropriate
to convey our support to our athletes who are meant to be heroes!

I believe, someone who has won 178 world championships, 66 Olympic or
Paralympic golds, and five Tour de France victories, is likely to be
regarded as a national hero.

Well, these are the statistics on British cycling victories.

But did you know it wasn’t always this way?

Back in 2003, British cycling was the laughingstock of the cycling world.

A single Olympic gold since 1908 and not a single win in the Tour de France
summed up a century of mediocrity. The British team’s reputation was so poor that they were denied bikes by a top European manufacturer, fearing reputational damage.

Amid such underperformance, Dave Brailsford stepped in as the performance
director of British Cycling.  His approach was different, based on a philosophy he called “the aggregation of marginal gains.”

He was convinced that a 1% improvement in every conceivable aspect of
cycling would lead to a significant leap forward. Brailsford and his team meticulously overhauled every detail – bike seats, tire grip, heated overshorts, biofeedback sensors, the list was exhaustive.

They even delved into individual sleeping preferences, the best massage
gels for muscle recovery, and even repainted the team truck to spot dust
that could affect bike performance.

In hindsight, the effectiveness of these tiny improvements was staggering.

By 2008, the British team had claimed 60 percent of the golds at the
Beijing Olympics, merely five years into Brailsford’s tenure. This marked the beginning of a golden era in British cycling history.

The successes kept rolling – Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France win in 2012,
numerous world and Olympic records, all culminating in an impressive run
from 2007 to 2017.

What had started in 2003 as a turnaround effort had forever etched British
cycling into the annals of sporting history.

The catch?

This story isn’t just about cycling or sport. It’s about a universal principle – the magic of the “aggregation of marginal gains.”

That applies to almost anything you wish to accomplish, be it personal development, career advancement, fitness goals, or mastering a new skill.

It underlines the power of tiny gains, which when compounded, can lead to
substantial improvements and even groundbreaking triumphs. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Similarly, you cannot climb Mount Everest in a single leap.

Your life goals – whether it’s starting a business, losing weight, learning
a new language, writing a book, or anything else – require consistent effort
and incremental progress.

Just like Dave Brailsford did with British cycling, aim for just a 1% improvement each day. These small wins might seem insignificant in the short
term, but they compound over time, eventually leading to extraordinary

Are you struggling to write a novel? Commit to writing just one sentence every day.

Want to get fit? Start with just thirty minutes of exercise.

Want to learn a new language? Learn just one new word daily.

It’s about making the start easier and the journey manageable.

Slow and steady does win the race, after all.

However, no journey is without its challenges. You might encounter
setbacks, lose motivation, or doubt yourself along the way.

I advise you to celebrate your tiny gains and big wins alike.

Just like the British cycling team did, you too can turn around your story.

So, are you ready to embrace the power of tiny gains and set off on your
journey towards success?

The Periscope



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