With 99 degrees water is hot. With 100 degrees water boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power locomotives, factories and ships.
One extra degree makes all the difference.
And in life one extra degree separates good from great. Sometimes, success is simply a matter of making one small adjustment.
I am reminded of a quote by Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
How close are you right now?
The difference between winning a race, coming up with a better design or a stronger concept is in that 1 degree.
When you understand the boiling water analogy it makes perfect sense.
Sometimes, success is simply a matter of making one small adjustment. It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences.
Think about it:
- The margin of victory in the Men’s 800-meter Race in the 2012 Olympic Games was only 81 seconds - just more than one minute!
- The average margin of victory in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 (combined) over the last ten years has been 1.54 seconds. And the prize money for second place was less than half that of first place.
1 Degree. That's where the magic happens. It's the tipping point of design and ideas and insight. And that is where we need to focus our energy.
Plan 1% better. Prepare 1% harder. Work 1% longer. Think 1% further. Research 1% deeper - Hot water to steam in just one degree!