5% More

Book description

Small changes lead to big results that stick

5% More presents a painless route to change, with results that can last a lifetime. Whether you want to boost your health, wealth, or wisdom, this book reveals a key technique that makes it stick. You may already know that breaking big goals into small chunks makes them easier to achieve, but the trick is in making those chunks large enough to be productive, yet small enough to be sustainable. This book shows you how to bring your goals within reach with only five percent more effort. Five percent is almost unnoticeable in terms of effort—but it accrues quickly, with each step boosting the baseline. Increase sales, decrease your marathon time, boost your savings, or master a new skill. Just five percent more can get you where you want to be.

Small changes, small commitments, and small adjustments can lead to very big results. You can accomplish more than you ever thought possible in your business or in your life. This book walks you through the 5% More strategy to help you map your path to the future.

  • Accomplish big changes with very small steps
  • Make bigger leaps in progress each step of the way
  • Break big goals into manageable milestones
  • Find a change that you can stick to for the long-term

Mountain climbers don't conquer Everest on their first time out—attempting to do so would be a tragic failure. No matter what your goal, no matter what your baseline, small, incremental steps set you up for success. 5% More gives you a concrete strategy for realizing your goals and making changes that last.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. Section I: The Philosophy of 5 Percent More
    1. Chapter 1: How to Give 5 Percent More—or Less
      1. An Idea without a Plan Is Just an Idea
      2. Take Them as Far as They Can See, Then They Will See Further
      3. High School Hero to College Zero—What Does It Take to Be a Star?
      4. Making the Grade—And Then Some?
      5. Law School—Then What?
    2. Chapter 2: 5 Percent More about 5 Percent More
      1. Personal Accountability for Your Performance
      2. The Many Applications of 5 Percent More
  8. Section II: Give 5 Percent More to Yourself
    1. Chapter 3: Be 5 Percent More Successful
      1. Freeze-Pop Fantasies
      2. A Dream without a Plan Is Just a Dream
      3. Making Money Doing Nothing
      4. 5 Percent Days
      5. Plan to Give 5 Percent More
    2. Chapter 4: Make 5 Percent More Money
      1. 5 Percent Mentality
      2. Notes
    3. Chapter 5: Be 5 Percent Smarter
      1. Team Leader to General Counsel
      2. What If Your SAT Score Was Higher?
      3. High School Grad/College Grad Income Gap
      4. LSAT/GRE
      5. How Do We Ensure a Successful Child?
      6. Notes
    4. Chapter 6: Be 5 Percent Stronger and Faster
      1. Elite Athletes and What 5 Percent Means
      2. Grow, Baby, Grow
      3. 5 Percent More Steps at a Time
      4. Notes
    5. Chapter 7: Be 5 Percent Healthier
      1. Meditation
      2. Small Things Go a Long Way
      3. Notes
    6. Chapter 8: Be 5 Percent Happier
      1. Expand Your Happiness Horizons
      2. The Top Doesn't Mean You Will Fall Off—Recognize Your 5 Percent Moments
      3. Carpe Diem
      4. ‘Naked and Afraid’
      5. Your Tunes, Your Wheels, and Your Clothes
  9. Section III: Give 5 Percent More to Others
    1. Chapter 9: Give 5 Percent More to the People You Work With
      1. Success Is the Direct Result of Your Responsibility to Others
      2. My Journey from Young Lawyer to Business Owner Was Taking Shape
    2. Chapter 10: Give 5 Percent More to the People You Work For
      1. The 5 Percent More Mentality—Where Does It Come From?
      2. Always Give More Than Expected
    3. Chapter 11: Make Life 5 Percent More Exciting for Others
      1. Why Are Kids So Happy?
      2. It's Contagious—Trust Me!
      3. Do 5 Percent More Stuff
    4. Chapter 12: Reading 5 Percent More to Our Children
      1. 5 Percent More Ways to Read to Your Child—Even If You Can't
      2. Notes
  10. Section IV: Give 5 Percent More to Your Business
    1. Chapter 13: 5 Percent More Revenue
      1. 5 Percent Increases Mean Stable Business
      2. 5 Percent More at Work
      3. Smarter Than Albert Einstein and Better Than the Domino Effect!
      4. I'm Wrong
      5. Troubled Past to Taking Just One Class
      6. 5 Percent More Customers
      7. Just a Little Bit More!
      8. Note
    2. Chapter 14: 5 Percent More Profit = Being 5 Percent More Efficient and 5 Percent More Accountable at Work
      1. One Thing That Is Always Constant Is Change
      2. Locker Room Story
      3. Just two and A Half Doors a Day
      4. My Dad the Sales Guy
      5. Yes, You Can Make More Time—At Least 5 Percent More!
    3. Chapter 15: 5 Percent More Perseverance
      1. A Little Boy Named Billy
      2. Unreasonable Action
      3. Unrealistic Goals
      4. Baby Steps
      5. It Isn't Always Easy
  11. Section IV: 5 Percent Compounded
    1. Chapter 16: Less Is More
      1. Massive and Immediate Action Doesn't Work
      2. Too Fast and Too Furious—How Not to Do It!
      3. Take 5 Percent Less
      4. More Than 5 Percent More
      5. 5 Percent More Is Massive Action
      6. One or Two Last Arguments for Less Is More!
      7. Rinse Your Cottage Cheese
      8. Notes
    2. Chapter 17: Change 5 Percent of Your Habits
      1. Stop Lying
      2. A Little Change Science
      3. Quit Smoking in 20 Days
      4. Notes
    3. Chapter 18: This Changes Everything—It's a Lot Bigger Than 5 Percent
      1. No One Will Outwork Me
      2. Recognize What Level You Are At
      3. Can't Skip a Level . . . Or Can You?
      4. Stop Dreaming
      5. Don't Give Up
      6. Note
    4. Chapter 19: A Line in the Sand—What If Everyone Did This?
      1. The Next Step
      2. Next Level Stuff
  12. Index
  13. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: 5% More
  • Author(s): Michael Alden
  • Release date: August 2016
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781119281863