The last part of any project or race, the final ten percent is in many ways the most critical, the most character defining, and also the most taxing.
The last ten percent thins the herd, and separates the great from the merely good.
The commitment required to finish strong is mentally and physically demanding, and the temptation to settle for good enough is often too appealing for most to resist.
Finishing strong…fighting resistance and grinding it out thins the herd, and separates the great from the merely good.
The temptation to coast, mail it in and settle for good enough is often too appealing for most to resist.
That’s the critical difference between the amateur and the professional.
Professionals never settle.
Professionals don’t make excuses.
Professionals always finish strong.
In virtually every field, there’s a ridiculous amount of work put into the last ten percent of quality.
This is where you truly sweat the small stuff as quality is about doing all things with love, care and attention to detail.
Finishing the last ten percent strong is the signal we look for…it’s the calling card of greatness.
Following through on the last ten percent is the way we communicate care and expertise and professionalism.
If all you’re doing is the standard amount, or settling for good enough, then all you’re going to get is the standard compensation. That’s all you really deserve.
The hard part of finishing strong is the last ten percent, or even the last one percent, but it’s the hard part because everyone is busy doing the easy part.
Most people are not hard acts to follow as they embrace the false and highly compromised belief that last finishing the last ten percent strong isn’t worth the effort.
How wrong and casualty creating that belief is.
The secret is to go the extra mile, to do more, better quality work and to finish the last ten percent strong.
That is the key to greatness, and that’s why…
Gary Ryan Blair
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Posted on September 28th, 2017 by Gary Ryan Blair
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