The Domino Effect

Domino, or dominoes, is a game that requires the use of a rectangular block with a number of dots or symbols on each side. The most common variant has a value of six pips on one side and blank or zero on the other. The value of a domino is typically determined by the way it is paired with other dominoes. For example, a double-blank domino can be counted as 0 or 14 (depending on the rules of play).

The word “domino” is thought to have come from either the French and Latin words for hooded cloak or the French for cape worn by priests over their surplices at carnival time. Either way, the word and the game began to appear in Europe after 1750.

Domino is also used to refer to the process by which a person or company builds a reputation, or becomes known as someone of importance, status, or authority. The word has also been used to describe a cascade of events that result in something happening, for example a riot or political revolt that is caused by a single event or act.

When a person makes a small commitment, it can influence the beliefs they hold about themselves and the world around them. This is called the Domino Effect, because it creates a series of small changes that ultimately lead to a big shift in behavior. For instance, when Jennifer Dukes Lee started making her bed every day, it was a small domino that led to her taking on this new habit and committing to her new self-image as a neat housekeeper.

The Domino Effect can be a powerful force in business, as well. For example, when Domino’s began to lose market share to third-party food delivery services like Uber Eats and DoorDash, the company quickly realized they had to change something in order to survive. Rather than fighting these new competitors, the company took on a more customer-focused mindset and made a few key changes.

These changes included lowering prices, improving quality, and making it easier for customers to order online. Fortunately for Domino’s, these new strategies worked and the company is now growing faster than ever before.

To create her mind-blowing domino setups, Hevesh uses a version of the engineering design process. She starts by considering the theme or purpose of her installation and brainstorming images or words that might be relevant to it. Next, she sketches out her design on paper. Finally, she begins building her structure using a variety of woodworking tools, such as a drill press, radial arm saw, scroll saw, belt sander, and welder.

While the domino effect is a powerful tool in business and in fiction, it can be a dangerous force when applied to personal relationships. People who are quick to react negatively to an event or situation can easily spiral into a negative cycle that is difficult to break out of. It’s important for people to take a step back from any situation that might be making them feel overwhelmed or negative, and instead think about what they can control.