“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison

A small change can make a tremendous difference.  In the book, 212° the Extra Degree: How to Achieve Results Beyond Your Wildest Expectations, S. Parker talks about the principle of small efforts producing big results.  He says, “At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils.  And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train” One degree makes all the difference. The book talks about that extra degree mentality, taking that extra step.  One little step can make such a big difference.

“Let me give a little extra effort,” “I am going the extra mile” and “I won’t stop till I win” these are things that successful people say.  If you are sailing through life by the “the seat of your pants” mentality, you will never see the success that you are capable of doing.  Too many people quit when they were so close, maybe one more try could have been all the difference.




Too many people do the minimum requirements. Henry Ford said, “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” Whatever you do make sure you do it while you are striving for excellence.  Take pride in your work and live with the extra degree mindset, “I got a little more in me, I’m not done yet.” What if you set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier to exercise or meditate?  What if you went and found the information for your customer instead of saying it can’t be done?  Find a way to do it.  Give just a little bit more. Don’t settle for the minimum when you can aspire for the maximum!


My Challenge: 

For one week try giving 1% more effort each day.  Push yourself a little bit past when you feel done.  1% a day adds up to 30% a month, imagine what a difference 30% more in your life would make.

Check out this fantastic short inspirational video about what a difference a small extra effort can making a little extra effort.


Maria Elena Escobar