Paper will spontaneously combust at 451 degrees Farenheit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farenheit_451). Water will boil and turn to steam at 212 degrees Farenheit.
Why the science facts? I received an interesting newsletter today from Simple Truths – an online retailer specializing in inspirational books, movies and stuff. I’m not normally a big fan of those kinds of things – actually www.despair.com is more my style, but I have been really impressed with several of the things that this site has shared on their newsletter.
I think this particular movie has been around for awhile, but it was new to me and I thought it was well done and thoughtful (or thought provoking anyway). The clip from today’s newsletter can be found at http://www.212movie.com and as the title suggests, focuses on the extra degree of heat that takes water from being merely hot to a physical change of composition to steam.
Sometimes it only takes one more degree to take you to the next level.
The movie focuses on internal motivation, focus, willpower, etc. as ‘going the extra mile’ to be the extra degree. I agree that can be a critical component for a lot of people, but I also think that external components could also be your competitive edge.
Maybe it’s your educational background and the unique perspective it gives you on your marketplace (I have a client with degrees in Sociology / Urban Studies and Web Development – he has an extremely interesting way of looking at things).
Maybe it’s your family – perhaps a spouse that challenges you and brings out your best or siblings that make you look at things through rose colored glasses.
Maybe it’s your Business Coach… 😉 (If you don’t have one I’d be glad to talk to you about it!).
Whatever it is, in today’s competitive environment, it’s important that you have something that gives you an edge, that you know what it is and that you consciously take advantage of it.
So what’s your ‘extra degree’ ? What can take you from good to great? I’d really like to hear some feedback on this.
Shawn Kinkade – www.aspirekc.com