The Domino Effect
When a domino falls, it creates a chain reaction that causes other dominoes to fall. This is called the Domino Effect, and it can occur in many areas of our lives. For example, when a person begins to eat less fat, they may also start exercising more and cutting back on sugary foods. One change leads to another, like a domino effect, and the results can be quite dramatic.
A domino is a rectangular tile with numbers or letters written on both sides. Each side of the tile features a number, with the lower number typically listed first. The numbers indicate the value of a domino in a given game, with each domino in a sequence being assigned a rank or weight. For example, a domino with a six on one end and a five on the other is considered to be of higher value than a domino with two or more dots on both ends.
Normally, the dominoes in a set are twice as long as they are wide and have a central line that divides them visually into two square ends. Each end is then marked with a value, with the total number of dots (called pips) on both ends being referred to as a domino’s rank or “weight.”
Before play begins, a domino set is shuffled. Once a player is ready to begin, they select a domino from the shuffled set and place it on the table. The remaining tiles are then collected in a pile, which is often called the boneyard. The players then take turns placing dominoes on the table, positioning them so that their exposed ends touch other tiles. If the exposed ends of a pair of tiles match (one’s touching two’s, or two’s touching one’s), or if the sum of the pips on both sides of a domino is a multiple of five, the player is awarded points.
There are many games that can be played with dominoes, but most involve blocking and scoring. Players score by laying down dominoes so that they touch each other, with the winning player being the first to reach a predetermined target number of points over a set number of rounds.
When playing domino, it’s important to pick good dominoes, which are tasks that contribute to a bigger goal and have a large impact. These dominoes are usually challenging and require a significant amount of time and focus to complete, but they will ultimately have a positive ripple effect on the rest of your life. For example, writing a business plan could be a good domino, as it would provide a clear outline of the steps you need to take to get your business started. By focusing on these “good dominoes” and knocking them over in a timely manner, you can achieve your goals more quickly. For example, when Schwab focused on his most important task of the day, he was able to make significant progress in the steel industry within five years.