# The legend goes that one day a traveling sage was challenged by the king to a game of chess.

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## For those of you who are not familiar with this story let me continue...

### In other words this is an example of **exponential** growth.

We would be foolish to think that anybody would agree to the terms that would result in a payout like the rice and chessboard legend.

But what about a different payout that achieved high growth, though not quite exponential?

What would we say if maybe there was another way?

Something you may have heard of and even read about in a resteem?

The type of growth that I am referring to now is that of the title ** Compounding Interest**.

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### The thing is the math behind compounding interest works!

**The point I am going to make is that although in mathematical theory compounding interest is real, try to find it in the real world.**

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Growing up we were shown examples of how we could put our money in a savings account that at 10% compounding interest would grow and grow and grow (similar to the chart graphic above)!

*Probelm was, that bank didn’t offer 10% compouniding interest.*

Then when I got a job the HR had what amounts to a sales rep come and explain that we have the option to invest in a retirement vehicle that could grow at great returns.

It wasn’t offering compound interest, but was suggesting how big our retirement could get with 10% annual returns.

*Trouble is they can’t guarantee 10% annual returns.*

*In fact you might lose it all!*

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### The mythical explosive growth, whether exponential or compounding is sure to be elusive.

Anyone capable of making such a payout, probably has no interest in agreeing to such a deal.

Those who have the means, have them becauses they are able to make deals that don’t end up badly for themselves.

*Maybe there is somewhere out there that has a way for you to know guaranteed returns, but until then we are all searching for them!*

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hartsuff1 (43)· 5 months agoNice post about compounding interest and exponential growth. It's interesting to see how many sectors of the economy are growing at one of these two rates. Machine learning/AI appear to be on an exponential track on both the hardware and software sides of the equation. Nowhere to go but up as they say? Who can know I guess.

strangerarray (63)· 5 months agoThanks!

As for the future, well...

we shall see...bradritter (45)· 5 months agobitconnect