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The little things

Little things count.

I'm reading Tom Peters book The Little Big Things. Tom Peters rocks.

You may not think so, or you may never have heard of him. Both are okay.

He's crusty. He has an axe to grind. But he makes up for all of that because he rows. Yes, I know it's in a row boat, but he rows ; )

He read my book Nuts and Bolts once and sent me a signed copy of one of his books. That was cool. (Might have been a little thing to him, but big to me!!)

At the same time this post popped up in my email browser, This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent and Here's What Happened. James Clear wrote it. He's not a rower, I don't think. But he is a weight lifer, and good writer. Might be worth reading it.

Both resources have made me rethink about the impact a little thing can have, especially in a crazy sport like ours.

Since I started rowing, I've been involved in two races that ended in a dead heat. Someone figured the odds of a dead heat in rowing is about 200,000 to 1.

Hm ... yeah, I'm not sure about that.

What I am sure about is that in those two races the littlest thing made a difference. 1% can make the difference. It can separate you from your competitors. Heck, .001% can also.

Where do you find those little things? 

At your monthly or morning staff meeting or phone call/text/get-together ask each other what are the little things that you are forgetting. Where might some speed be buried, hidden, just waiting for you to uncover it.

Think little.