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I've always been a firm believer in the expression -Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.- At a time when stressors are at an all-time high, this book serves as a gentle reminder that our demeanor, disposition, and overall presence has a huge impact on the results we get in our work and lives. Buy it, read it, and remember one degree does make all the difference in the world. At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils.; One degree can make all the difference! ----Joel Katte Author of GREEN BAY PACKERS IQ tr...

This small, simple book is a must have for everyone. Its profound principle about going the extra degree easily applies to the professional and personal parts of our lives. It spread through our organization in just weeks and has become part of the vernacular. When we talk about setting goals, we ask the question: Is it 211 or 212? ----G. Fechter

My company provided us with this book in a recent training. Most of the training's are boring and something memorable for only a short time. This book is not that. The simple metaphor used in the introduction, and the entire basis of the book is very meaningful and easy to see in action. Today I hear so many people complain and feel that they are entitled to things instead of taking responsibility for their actions. This book shows that the smallest increment of effort can have positive effects not only on your professional life, but all aspects. This book uses real life examples that are easily relatable and prove the point. This is a quick read, but definitely worth the price and definitely applicable to life. I highly recommend this book. ----Mark Trollinger

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Sam Parker is a cofounder of GiveMore.com. Sam's other books include Lead Simply, Smile & Move, Cross The Line, SalesTough, and Love Your People. Before GiveMore, Sam sold products and services in several different industries. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, he now lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Jennifer (an artist), and their three children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: The Walk the Talk Company; 2nd edition (April 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885228678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885228673
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SL Parker writes on page four of this charming little pamphlet "So simple is the analogy, that you can stop reading right now, walk away with the opening thought firmly planted in your mind and benefit from it for the rest of your life." I'm not sure about the life-long benefits, but I agree that, had I stopped right then & there, I wouldn't have missed a thing.

Big fonts, bigger margins, poor writing & not even a particulary interesting premise. Most of the passion of the book falls in the last few pages where you are enticed to buy copies of the book by the 100's and give them to everyone you know. Let me save you $10. What Mr. Parker wants you to know is this: If you want something, work for it. Hard. That's it. And it's free.
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212: THE EXTRA DEGREE by Sam Parker is a short book--make that,
a very short one--that has a lot of meat in its relatively few pages.

You may have seen its basic premise; e.g., in an email that's
been widely circulated on the Internet (without giving proper
credit to Parker):

* 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.

Applying one extra degree of temperature to water means the difference
between something that is simply very hot and something that generates
enough force to power a machine--a beautifully uncomplicated metaphor
that ideally should feed our every endeavor--consistently pushing us to
make the extra effort in every task, action and effort we undertake.
Two-twelve serves as a forceful drill sergeant with its motivating and
focused message while adhering to a scientific law--a natural law. It
reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous
differences. So simple is the analogy, that you can stop reading right
now, walk away with the opening thought firmly planted in your mind
and benefit from it for the rest of your life.

I like how Parker then expands this premise through a series
of thought-provoking facts, including this one:

* Two of auto racing's premier events are The Daytona 500
(stock car) and the Indianapolis 500 (formula one). Each takes
roughly three to three and half hours to complete. In the 10-year
period between 1997 and 2006, combining all 20 races, the winner
took the checkered flag by an average margin of 1.71 seconds and
took home $1,426,003 in first place prize money.
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Simple Truths is a company that specializes in inspirational and motivational books. This book begins by a simple scientific fact, which is that 211 degrees water is hot, but just one more degree (212) and it boils, thus creating steam. Steam can create power and movement. It uses this analogy to give inspiration to the reader push themselves to greater achievement.

The material covers things like thoughts and facts, showing how success is measured by fractions of seconds and holding on a minute longer. The book has various quotes from great men such as Vince Lombardi who said, "Inches make a champion." This book has various short stories to further provide examples of successful people going that one extra mile in order to achieve greatness.

It emphasizes how attitude determines how far a person will succeed in life. The final two sections deal with actions and reflections. Besides the full color beautiful photographs, a DVD is also included in the back of the book. In conclusion, this is a book for anyone interested in how to push forward in their lives. This is also the kind of book you will want to give as gifts to your friends and relatives.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Season of the Warrior: a poetic tribute to warriors)
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I got this book to help motivate me to get back in shape, and it has really helped! It's such a quick read that I plan to read it at least a few times a month to keep my mind "in shape" as well! I highly recommend this book!
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This small, simple book is a must have for everyone. Its profound principle about going "the extra degree" easily applies to the professional and personal parts of our lives. It spread through our organization in just weeks and has become part of the vernacular. When we talk about setting goals, we ask the question: Is it 211 or 212?
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212 The Extra Degree by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson is a small book with some big ideas and a great way of simplifying the notion of taking action and achieving more.

The premise is:

"At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive."

So, it's about the power of one degree, or that tiny bit of extra effort that can make all the difference in our lives.

It's about raising your awareness and understanding that one extra bit of effort, one additional bit of action, can totally change your results. To that end, they have included some quite interesting stories, statistics and quotes throughout the book.

Some of these you will be familiar with, particularly if you are a student of motivational literature. But, some, you might find worth learning about.

One of these is that the average margin of victory in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 over the last ten years has been 1.54 seconds (how quick is that?) and that the winner--the driver who got there 1.54 seconds faster than the one behind him won more than double the prize money. That's an expensive couple of seconds.

The book is divided into five sections/chapters.

1--Introduction - What 212 degrees is all about.
2--Thoughts and Facts--quotes and examples that illustrate the concept.
3--Stories about Success, Attitude, Leadership, Kindness, Commitment, Belief, Focus and Perseverance.
4--Actions. Sample action steps which will help you heat things up to 212.
5--Reflections. Information about using the 212 information to improve your life--with examples on such ideas as practicing kindness, stopping complaining, and more.
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