212 – the extra degree

At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. One extra degree…..makes all the difference. That one extra degree of effort in business and in life separates the good from the great!


The average margin of victory for the last 25 years in all major tournaments combined for professional golf was less than 3 strokes.

At the Indy 500, the average margin for victory for the past 10 years has been 1.54 seconds. The average winner took home $1.3 million; the second place prize was $621,000 a difference of $679,000.

To get what we’ve never had we must do what we’ve never done. One extra degree of effort = doing another lap around the track, or doing one more pushup. That one degree makes all the difference in turning your hot water into boiling water. You are responsible for your results so make 2012 the year you give one extra degree! 

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