Who are you?

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Vince Lombardi

I often chuckle when I hear someone say they are going to give 110% of what they have toward some effort.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can’t do that. Instead of trying to give more than you have, you need to redefine what 100% means.

From a mathematical perspective, it doesn’t make sense. For example, let’s say you have a bowl of 100 marbles. You want to give them away. As a matter of fact, you are feeling so generous today, you’re going to give 110% of them away. That would be 110 marbles. But you only have 100.

You see, the scale is out of balance. By redefining what it means to give it all, that is 100%, you now understand your perception of “all” was a little off.

If you are giving 110% or greater in service to your customers, your friends, and your family, it might be time to adjust your scale.

Live to serve. Humbly. 100% of the time. Make it who you are.

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6 Responses to Who are you?

  1. Patty Hebert says:

    I love the last line:Live to serve. Humbly. 100% of the time. Make it who you are.

    Very powerful, and right on the mark. Thank you.

  2. David says:

    Patty, it’s really a reminder to myself. That is where I struggle. But I’m working on it.


  3. Patty Hebert says:

    If we live the line — it’s the best gift we can give our children.

  4. David says:

    I just want to live long enough to annoy my children when they become parents!

    I joke. I kid. But that’s one of the things that keeps me motivated. They watch our every move.

  5. jeff noel says:

    One of your best posts, IMHO.
    You have insightfully revealed, in an easy to understand metaphor, 100% is our best, not some (momentary) promise to give 110% or 150%.

    Maybe, when people say those things, what they really mean is they are going to try harder than they did yesterday, however yesterday they only gave 50% (lets say).

    Kudos to them for trying harder.

    Kudos to you for reminding us that 100% the DAILY goal, not something we try every 4 years or so.

  6. David says:

    Consistent. Genuine. Daily. Real.

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