212 Degrees

Something interesting to share:

“At 211 degrees [fahrenheit] 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 should feed our every endeavour, consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task, action and effort we undertake.”-Samuel Walker , 212 degrees”

One extra degree of effort in life separates the good and the great. One degree is the difference between a winner and an also-ran. The difference between achieving your goals and missing them. The difference between being just hot water – and being able to move a train.

How do we know, though, if we’re already at our limit, or just think that we are? The sad thing is that we impose our own scale of limits on ourselves. We decide what our own boiling points are. If we could just push it a little higher, how great could we be? How much further could we go?

Next time you feel you’ve done your bit, or you feel like giving up, stretch yourself. For just one degree more. Remember that the highest fences we need to climb are those in our minds.


~ by Keith Ng on September 4, 2008.

One Response to “212 Degrees”

  1. its really a good motivating metaphor, but who controls the fire for the water to boil? most of the time life is just unfair, some people don’t need that extra degree!!! and some people is trying endlessly to reach the boiling pint but the fire is controlled by someone else!!!!

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