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212: The Extra Degree Paperback – May 1, 2005
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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? ----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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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)
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another excellent book to read for people that deal to manage peoplePublished 10 days ago by Jose A lugo Rosado
Mindless dribble, unless your a total looser and give no effort at all to anything you do you will probably not benefit from this book. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Bill Braggart
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A great quick read that inspires you to go to the next level. I can't wait to share with my team and get them going too!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A lot of really good thought provoking material in this tiny book.Published 5 months ago by Earleene Woods