Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Best, Stop Trying to be the

Another Patton Associates S-M-A-R-TBriefing

"Striving to Be 'The Best' is Overrated & Not Smart"

Gary F. Patton (
gfp '42™)1 

Many so-called gurus argue that you need to be substantially better than everyone else in your field to be successful and make money. As a people development specialist, I say that's nonsense.

You really only need to be about 1% better than most others to be superior
. Consider these winning approaches as my proof!

"Sports remain a great metaphor for life's more difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us first came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies, to a surprising degree, within!" ~ Susan Casey U.S. author of "The Wave and Devil's Teeth"

The #2 golfers in the most recent Masters and U.S Open
Golf Tournaments were less than 1% behind the first place finisher in stokes at the end. And the spread between the purse of them and the top golfers in the competitions was phenomenal. (Check it out if you wish.)

Likewise, the winner of the downhill ski race in the
last Olympics beat the second place finisher by a margin measured in only thousands of a second. And gold is so much shinier and so much more valuable than silver.

And how about these numbers? Twitter at the beginning of 2010 is on track to very soon hit 200,000,000 users. The top followed celebrity on Twitter, the person with the greatest audience, is Lady Gaga, with 7.086 million 'Followers'.

Think about that! Gaga, for all of her appeal and star power, merits only 3.5% of Twitter’s userbase as a following. That means 96.5% of the Tweepeoples don’t care about what she has to say enough to follow her.2 

So, when you have only 1% more Followers than the average on Twitter, you're doing great. You don't need to be the best!

Here’s your people-relationship and life-skills S-M-A-R-TTip™: 

"Forget about being the best at what you do because you don't really have to. Strive only to be 1% better than most to win the prize you want!" ~ gfp '42™

You'll be more relaxed, less stressed and simplify your life when you adopt my S-M-A-R-TTip.

When you do, then, you can really flow!

"You don't have to be great to be successful ...just be 1% different!" ~ gfp '42™

Give up trying to be the best at anything
...right now... please! You'll believe in the wisdom of my recommendation when you sense how it makes you feel.

And you've got nothing to lose. And everything to gain!

But, using this life-skill is a choice! And remember, quality customer/people service is a moment-to-moment choice. Plus, a full life is an unending series of wise decisions.

Call me now at the numbers below if I can help you in this area further! Stress management has been a coaching specialty for me for years since I was healed from a life-threatening illness because of dis-stress and the negatives of "Type 'A' Behavior".3 

Alternatively, please drop me a line using the link immediately below this paragraph. I'd love to hear what you think and how you feel about the above.

By clicking here, you can e-mail me regarding questions about this article, to request other Stress Management information and to be added to my S-M-A-R-TBriefing™ Mailing List.

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Copyright © 2011 Gary F. Patton, People Development Coaches

 Toronto ON CAN  M14S4    E-Mail:    Phone: 1 416 264 4633   Skype: GaryFPatton


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1        By allowing your cursor to rest for a moment on any of my hyper-links, a Pop-up Window will share additional information about the Web Site you can choose to visit by left-clicking it. You will discover this is helpful. e.g. gfp '42™ = "Gary's copyright & trademark designation + his Web site for FREE S-M-A-R-TTips™"  

2     You can discover these data and others in the interesting & helpful article, "How to build a Twitter audience in 8 steps" at .

3     You'll discover a helpful, short article on the benefits of having a mentor to get to that sometimes tricky 1% better at .

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