How one penny a day could make you rich.

Depending on where you are in your journey towards financial success and financial independence, you may or may not have heard this illustrative point before. And if you have, it is a great reminder on the power of compound interest.

Here’s the question for you:

I am offering you 1 million dollars today. Or you can have a penny today that will double for the next 30 days each day.

Which one would you take?

My hope is you chose the penny a day that will double each day for the next thirty days.

Day 1: $0.01
Day 2: $0.02
Day 3: $0.04
Day 4: $0.08
Day 5: $0.16
Day 6: $0.32
Day 7: $0.64
Day 8: $1.28
Day 9: $2.56
Day 10: $5.12
Day 11: $10.24
Day 12: $20.48
Day 13: $40.96
Day 14: $81.92
Day 15: $163.84
Day 16: $327.68
Day 17: $655.36
Day 18: $1,310.72
Day 19: $2,621.44
Day 20: $5,242.88
Day 21: $10,485.76
Day 22: $20,971.52
Day 23: $41,943.04
Day 24: $83,886.08
Day 25: $167,772.16
Day 26: $335,544.32
Day 27: $671,088.64
Day 28: $1,342,177.28
Day 29: $2,684,354.56
Day 30: $5,368,709.12

Instead of 1 million you instead would have five times that amount. So you should definitely take the penny doubling each day for the next thirty days.

Now obviously this illustration isn’t currently possible. Nobody is coming to you and offering you a penny a day that doubles each day for thirty days. If it were, I think everyone would be doing it.

But what are three lessons we can learn from this illustration:

  1. The power of compounding: The illustration demonstrates the remarkable power of compounding over time. Even starting with a small amount like a penny, the amount grows exponentially as the interest compounds. This showcases the importance of starting early and allowing your investments or savings to compound over a long period.
  2. Time is a valuable asset: The longer the time period, the greater the impact of compounding. In the example, the amount grew significantly over 30 days. This emphasizes the value of time in investment and saving strategies. Starting early and staying invested for a longer duration can yield substantial results.
  3. Consistency and persistence matter: Each day, the amount doubled, and the growth occurred steadily over time. This highlights the importance of consistency and persistence in financial endeavors. Consistently saving or investing, even small amounts, can accumulate and generate significant returns over time. It’s the discipline of regular contributions or investments that contribute to the overall growth.

By applying these three points in to your life you can change your life and your finances.

If you don’t already understand the concept of compounding. I would encourage to go read my post here that explains it in even more detail.

The key to life and success is to remember that you will most likely live for a long time. Which gives you the opportunity to benefit greatly from compounding interest. You just have to be willing to have the courage to start investing.

To your success and your future.

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