Winning Edge (from Smitty)

My Cousin “Smitty” just sent this to me. So interesting as I was just in a recent conversation with someone else who wanted to start a new venture. Since starting MinisterSearch almost 10 years ago, I’ve had many conversations with people who wanted to start a new business or church or venture. Just about every discussion is filled with great ideas which, I believe, could lead to incredible success. Why do most of these never succeed or never get started? I think it’s simple – the little bit of extra effort isn’t put forth…

(From Smitty) “It has often been said the line which separates winning from losing is as fine as a razor’s edge – and it is (I am talking about winning in a big way and in all areas of your life)

One person “just about” starts a project, the other person starts it.  One individual “almost” completes a task, the other does complete it.  One person sees an opportunity, the other acts on it. One student “nearly” passes the exam, the other does pass it – and although the difference in their marks may be only one percentage point out of a hundred, it’s that one point that makes all the difference.

In 1947, ARMED – the first racehorse in the history of United States’ racing to win over one million dollars in prize money over the duration of his career – had earnings of $761,500.  But the horse which finished second in earnings that same year- a horse which often lost races a mile long by only “a nose” – won only $75,000. Now, if one were to look at their winnings alone, it would appear that ARMED was thirteen times better than his closest competitor. However, when you compare “the times” that were actually registered by those two horses in their races, you discover he really wasn’t even four percent superior!

Think of how your results would change if you improved your performance by just one or two percent.”

If you’re thinking about starting something new, OR if you’re considering giving up… ask yourself if you’ve really given the extra effort that no one else is willing to give.

NEED HELP – call, email, text, tweet, or facebook me – I’d love nothing more than to help you!


About davidjlyons

grateful one who has learned many things the hard way - and expects there are many more lessons to come...
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One Response to Winning Edge (from Smitty)

  1. Mark Bledsoe says:

    Great word David! This blog post will definately help me focus. Even if we just focus for 2-4% of our time instead of allowing those small distractions to eat productive time. We could achieve the that 1-2% increase in performance…

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