99.9% Won’t Cut It

Every day I make a point to set aside time toward my personal growth and development. Sometimes it’s a chat with a mentor, being part of a mastermind group, etc – but at the very least I read and write every day. Sometimes it’s a blog that ends up here, sometimes it’s part of a keynote I’m working on, sometimes it’s nothing more than just random ideas on a scratch pad. The important thing is that I make a point to spend some time every day – investing in myself. One of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned is that the greatest investment we’ll EVER make is in ourselves. (I wrote an entire blog about that…scroll down…you’ll find it.)

I say all of that to say this: I was reading tonight and came across something that I wanted to share. This comes from Jack Canfield’s (he’s the guy behind all of the Chicken Soup For The Soul books) book The Success Principles. If you don’t own this book – I highly recommend picking it up. Anyway, I want to share an excerpt from “Principle 35: 99% is a bitch; 100% is a breeze” –

Why won’t 99.9% cut it? Here’s what 99.9% quality would mean in the following situations:

  • One hour of unsafe drinking water every month
  • Two unsafe landings at O’Hare International Airport each day
  • 16,000 lost pieces of mail per hour
  • 20,000 incorrectly filled drug prescriptions every year
  • 500 incorrect surgical operations performed each week
  • 50 newborn babies dropped at birth by doctors every day
  • 22,000 checks deducted from the wrong account each hour
  • Your heart failing to beat 32,000 times a year

Can you see why 100% is such an important percentage?

Pretty staggering when it’s put in those terms, isn’t it? The author closes the chapter with this:

“Just think how much better your life and the whole world would work if you were committed to 100% excellence in everything you do.”

The next time you’re tempted to cut a corner or “let something slide this once” think back to this list. Refocus and recommit yourself. It’s worth it. YOU are worth it.


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