I’m not a mathematician. But, I’m playing one today in my blog. While thinking about the effects small things can have, I came up with the following equation:
E x T x K = R where: E = Effort, T = Time, K = Knowledge, and R = Results
Each of the variables on the left must be greater than zero to produce a positive result. For example, experience teaches us that knowledge with no effort accomplishes nothing no matter how long we do nothing.
“0 is not equal to 1, not even for large values of 0.” — Clancy’s Derivative of Grabel’s Law
Working really hard cannot overcome incorrect (i.e. negative) information, until failure is translated into positive knowledge. The old adage “practice makes perfect” has been replaced with “practice makes permanent.” This formula would imply that only “perfect practice makes perfect.”
Drag races are measured in thousandths of a second. World swimming records beat old records by only a few hundredths. Coming in first place means a spot in the record books and in the memory banks of the masses. Conversely, most everyone forgets immediately who came in second. The difference between winning and losing and between legacy and obscurity is measured in fractions of an inch or second. This difference-maker is often just a bit more effort, and a little more time, and one more piece of information.
“I always tell the kids, ‘You know what’s great about going the extra mile? There’s very little traffic.’” — Jim Larranaga, George Mason University basketball coach
Here’s another aspect of life impacted by going an extra mile. A recent study found that 50% or more of the bankruptcies could have been avoided with a mere $300/mo in additional income. Jim Rohn, speaking about “the magic of part-time,” explains how an extra $1000/mo. of part-time income can be life changing for almost anybody. Do you ever imagine what you could do with an extra $1000 every month? It could change your address or the keys to your car. It could fund a mission trip or put the kids through college. Dreams inspired by this very question have motivated tens of millions of Americans to take on a second job or start a part-time business. In fact, the Direct Sales Association reported that about 46 million Americans have home-based businesses today.
Here are some quotes related to effort, time, knowledge and results.
Effort and Results
“In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts.” — Peter McWilliams
“About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.” — Gloria Pitzer, in Reader’s Digest, 1979
“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.” — Oprah Winfrey
Time and Results
“More time is wasted by the minute than by the hour.” — Unknown
“If you don’t choose to do it in leadership time up front, you do it in crisis management time down the road.” — Stephen Covey
“It takes time to build a corporate work of art. It takes time to build a life. And it takes time to develop and grow. So give yourself, your enterprise, and your family the time they deserve and the time they require.” — Jim Rohn
“We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things.” — Jim Rohn
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, ‘til it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” — John F. Kennedy
Knowledge and Results
“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.” — Eric Hoffer
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” — Abigail Adams
“Experience teaches only the teachable.” — Aldous Huxley
“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” — George Santayana
“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.” — W. Edwards Deming
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