Day 17 | Entrepreneurial Drive

Excel In Business

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”  Ecclesiastes 9:10


Most men want excellent lives with an 80 percent effort.  You will never gain the inertia of excellence without doing all that you can to do things better. Excellence requires the extra 20 percent effort.  The Pareto Principle teaches that the top 20 percent effort will produce 80 percent of the momentum.  Very few businesses understand that this is what separates the great from the average.

If you are going to have a great business you must put in the extra effort to distinguish yourself from the average.


  • If you can – work from home.  This will save you valuable time that is typically lost commuting to and from work.
  • Create a rhythm of “you” time.  I have learned to work in 15 or 30-minutes bursts of focus.  This gives me undivided effort.  I have also created a rhythm of days on and off work to help maintain my creativity.
  • Take a real lunch break.  Don’t eat at the desk.  Break away, get out in the weather, it will refresh you.
  • Take calculated risks but don’t bet the farm.  To gain the inertia of excellence doesn’t mean that we bet everything on one horse.  We must push our teams to exert the extra effort that excellence requires.
  • Excellence is in the details.

Once you have pushed through the barrier of excellence you will find that it is easier to get things done in the future.  It is much like Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile.  Once Roger did it, hundreds have since made it common.


After performing a task today, reevaluate it with this question, “Can I do it better?”  Find something that you can do better about that task and do it.  This will begin a habit of pushing through the barrier of average.


  1. Mike Z on May 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

    this just may make my work days easier if I can figure out how to maximize my work potential .

  2. Mike H. on February 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

    The work intervals make a lot of sense. I have done that sort of thing for a long time. That’s good advice.

  3. Dov on June 3, 2020 at 2:49 am

    This you need to learn if you work with computers m “Nearly finished” means most of the time: still a lot of work to do. I already try to do these things. 15 to 30 minutes? I tried 60 I’ll test.

  4. Kevin Arnold on June 3, 2020 at 8:49 am

    These do work! In perspective, if you’re in a position of authority, be a leader and encourage these practices with those you lead. It’s worked for me in the military.

  5. Brandon on November 5, 2020 at 8:29 am

    I agree with this statement. Greatness is achieved in that extra mile. I gravitate towards doing a whole lot in the 80% and seldom do a little in the 20%. The question is: What gets assigned the 20%. I have some thinking to do.

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