The answers to these two questions will do more than guide you; they will reveal you.
Because your desire to achieve and your willingness to sacrifice for that achievement will most likely determine whether you are a 100-percenter, a 95-perecenter, or a 90-percenter. Whether you are a person who got the job done, or a person who almost got the job done.
Someone who makes things happen … or someone who lets things happen.
The difference in top achievers is often small gradations. Extra effort here, or there, or then. Repeatedly.
Many people in this life are 90-percenters. They do a good job, but not a great job. They do 90% of the work, but not 100%.
It’s easier to be a 90-percenter. But I’m not sure it’s better.
You wouldn’t enter a 100-yard race and stop at the 90-yard mark, would you? So ask yourself why are you doing that in your work or your love or your life.
The last 10% is where it gets really hard. The pain enters a multiplicative level. You will hurt.
“Difficulty is what wakes up the genius (ingenium mala saepe movent), which translates in Brooklyn English into, ‘When life gives you a lemon …'” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder”