Is 100% Really an Issue?

We all have given our best efforts to task at one time or another. And the effort of giving 100+% is often demanding and fatiguing. Would it be fair to settle for 99.9% on occasion? It seems like that is still a great effort. But, think of it this way, if 99.9% was an acceptable standard:

  • In the next hour 22,000 checks would be deducted from the wrong bank account!
  • And tomorrow…12 babies would be given to the wrong parents!

That does make consistency something to consider. Our best efforts are available, but do we always give them? It is the last 10% that is often the most difficult to give. Shortcuts seem beneficial, and trimming time seems like better efficiency. But, consider the words of Howard W. Newton…

“People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it.”

Or maybe a quote from former Super Bowl Coach Vince Lombardi (for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named)….

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence,

regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

One of my favorites is from baseball pitching legend, Sandy Koufax….

“You can always pitch better.”

Whatever you do, make it count. Have a great day!


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