What do award-winning sales reps, peak performers, top companies, world-renowned athletes, and other successful people all have in common?
They understand the power of 1%.
Sometimes the smallest books pack the biggest punch. Similar to this quote by Blaise Pascal in 1851:
“Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.”
Translation: The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.
- The short email takes longer to write than the long one.
- Refining our to do list is more difficult than including everything off the top of our heads.
- The succinct essay is harder to write than the lengthy one (and often gets a better grade).
- Fewer goals may net you a better result than many.
So it is true with our lives. You don’t have to focus on changing or being 100% better, different or focused.
The truth is that you can make radical change with just 1% improvement.
This is nowhere more clear than with Olympic athletes. The Olympic gold medalist is often only 1% faster than the fourth place finisher who receives no medal.
Inspired by The 1% Solution by Tom Connellan