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The Myth of 110 Percent

There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.

—ALBERT ELLIS

There is no such thing as 110 percent effort. Even 100 percent is extremely rare. But 90 percent? That will guarantee tremendous success.

Most of us love to brag and let the world know just how hard we are working.

The athlete tells us he’s giving it 110 percent, and the businessman informs us that he works 80 hours a week. We’re supposed to be impressed, but I’m not. I feel sorry for them. Although effort is important, it isn’t the most important thing.

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