Today’s post contains two resources that I hope you can use with your team.
The first is a list of what we would have to put up with if we settled for a 99% effort.
The second is a short motivational video about how that extra effort can make a huge difference.
I got this list from author Harvey Mackay’s book “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty.” (If you click on the name of the book, you can see a portion of the book from Amazon) In the book, he gives credit to Armond Bouchie for using this list in his job application portfolio.
If we had to live with 99% effort, we would have:
One hour of unsafe drinking water every month,
Two unsafe plane landings per day at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport,
16,000 pieces of lost mail every hour,
22 checks deducted from the wrong bank account every week,
500 incorrect surgical operations every week,
12 babies given to the wrong parents every day,
20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions each year, and
800,000 credit cards with incorrect information.
A 100% effort makes sense.
For another angle on the importance of a 100% effort, I think you are really going to like the video that shows us that there is not a lot of physical difference between top performers and also rans. The big difference is in their mental strength and persistence!
Click on the image below to watch the motivational video.
Make sure that your speakers are on.