New homes in the U.S. are
1,000 square feet larger than in 1973, and living space
per person has doubled over last 40 years.
Source: US Census Bureau
My Dad used to restore ‘57 Chevys and
enter them in competitions.
At the car shows, owners
never stopped trying to get every last speck of dust and smudge
off of their prized possessions.
But all of that had to
stop once the judges began inspection.
Philbin coined the phrase “Is that your final answer?” on “Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, I always thought about that moment
of truth at the car shows.
Last week, I heard a woman on
a Minnesota TV station say “I’m not perfect, but be patient with
me. I’m still a work in progress”.
That got me to
You’ve probably heard motivational speakers say
“Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better.”
Not only is that a corny, worn out cliché, but it’s also
dangerous for people to believe they’re leading a life of
constant improvement when they’re far from it.
over 100,000 people in my seminars, and get emails from folks
I’ve never met, who reveal all kinds of intimate details of
their lives. From extramarital affairs with coworkers to
embezzlement, it never ceases to amaze me.
I can say with
certainty that most people are NOT getting better every day.
Most are on autopilot, just coasting through their lives.
When Billy Crystal faced a midlife crisis in the movie
City Slickers, he lamented,
“This is the best I'm ever
going to look, the best I'm ever going to feel, the best I'm
ever going to do, and it ain't that great.”
geometric certainty that once you hit the top, there’s only one
direction you can go from there.
So how can you avoid
spending the rest of your life going downhill once you reach the
No matter where you are in your life, ask yourself
once a week, “Is this the best I can do?”
Until you can
answer with a resounding “Yes it is", you’ll always have room
for improvement, and that’s a good thing.
life would be quite boring.
To Your Success,
If you have an employee who sometimes cuts corners or
doesn’t live up to their potential, ask “Is this the best you
can do?” the next time they turn in a project. If they answer
“Yes”, then respond “Excellent! That’s what I want to hear”. If
they answer “No”, then respond “I don’t look for perfection from
anyone, but I expect everyone to do their best. Bring it back
when you’ve given me your best”.
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