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If Tiger Woods takes advice on golf…


Some have told me that I “seem to enjoy giving out advice”. Yeah, I think that might be the case:)

But…What you don’t see is that I spend a lot of time and money taking it as well, from people, books and other sources.

Even Tiger Woods takes advice. Do you?

In 2006, Tiger Woods proved he was the best in the world 8 times. Yet, he hired a coach because he knew he could be better.

Tiger’s path to greatness is partly about never thinking he was “good enough”. He is always trying to improve his game, his conditioning, his mental toughness.

If you’ve read this blog for very long, you’ve noticed that from time to time I include short reviews for books that Ive read. You may notice that I rarely have anything bad to say about the books there. That is mostly because the books I review are referred to me the majority of the time.

One such book is called “The Simple Truths of Service” and is primarily about a young man with what used to be called Down’s Syndrome. His name is “Johnny the bagger”.

Another book by the same company is called “212, the extra degree”, which talks about that extra little bit of effort (like that which Tiger is looking for). It discusses a concept of the slight edge, which Ive discussed here before.

The point is that the slight edge is often the ONE thing (there’s that number again) that separates the champion from the rest of the field, whether its in sports or business.

Finding and using that slight edge, and repeating that process is what makes all the difference in the world in your success. This is why Tiger hired a coach.

Let me give you some examples from the book “212 – The Extra Degree” by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson (which you can get at ) :

#1: In four major golf tournaments (U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship and The Masters), the margin of victory for the last 25 years in all four majors combined was less than 3 strokes.

That’s 18 holes played over a four-day period (72 holes total in 25 years), the slight edge that produced victory was only 3. The winners took home 76% more in prize dollars than 2nd place!

#2: In the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, the margins of victory were razor-thin in some events, and pretty close in others.

  • Men’s 200 meter freestyle (swimming) 1.42 seconds
  • Women’s 200 meter freestyle (swimming) 0.59 seconds
  • Men’s 800 meter (running) 0.71 seconds
  • Women’s 800 meter (running) 0.13 seconds
  • Men’s long jump 28 centimeters (a little more than a foot)
  • Women’s long jump 11 centimeters (less than 6 inches).

#3: In horse racing, the Triple Crown (winner of Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in the same racing season) is held by 11 horses in history. The slight edge that produced victory in races between 1998 and 2002 over each of the Triple Crown races combined (15 races in all) was less than 2.5 lengths. Six races were won by less than one horse length!

Quite often, not much separates the champion from 2nd place, and the better you get, the closer the margin becomes between you and your competition. Every edge is critical. Its why swimmers shave all the body hair before big meets (or wear full body suits, or both).

This is why the most successful people (in sports or in business) have a mentor, participate in a mastermind group, and hire a trusted adviser and coach (and some have all 3). They know the value of the slight edge.

What’s a slight edge worth to you? Think about it, and then take action.

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