Did you give 100%, today?
I was so worried, pacing back and forth in my room before I decided to get the courage and just walked out into the kitchen and handed my mom and dad my report card. I’ll never forget this moment, I was 16 and I gave my mom and dad my report card with a D in history, one of my dad’s favorite subjects. My heart was beating super-fast, my hands were sweating, and legs were shaking. I decided to pull the Band-Aid off fast and handed him the report card. I was ready for my punishment. Was I going to get grounded, lose my computer, or the phone? I did not know.
Instead the outcome was something I never expected. My dad said “I noticed you got a D in History?” I responded with a shaky voice “Yes Sir”. “Son, Let me ask you something, did you give your best for this class? Did you give it 100% effort to pass this class with an A?” I quickly answered, “No Dad, I really didn’t give it 100%.” I never knew that the words that he was about to say would change my life forever “Whether it is a History Class, a girlfriend, job, friendship or a business venture, you give it 100%, no matter what. I want you to go to your room and just think about what I just said.”
I didn’t realize the importance of that message while sitting in my room, but years later it hit me hard while studying macroeconomics in college. I realized that there are 168 hours in a week and If I were to give 100% towards anything that would mean 168 hours a week I would have to work to achieve 100% efforts, but I don’t think that is what my dad meant, so what did he mean. This is when It hit me, OH my dad means read this economics book from page one until the last page (100% of the book), attend every class (100% of classes), listen to the professor (100% of the time), take notes (100% of the time), read your notes after each class (100% of the notes), and give every effort to learn everything in the economics book (100% knowledge). When I took my final exam and I got a 100% I realized this is giving 100%.
As time went on, I applied this approach to everything I did, I joined 12 organization in college, pledged Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, took 18 hours a semester with a 4.0 GPA, worked in my cookie company and I gave each of these 100%. I went back to my dad and explained that I was giving everything 100%, my dad immediately responded “Son, I’m really proud of you, but one last thing you need to do every night; ask yourself every night before you go to bed, did I give 100% today, and if your answer is yes, than you can have a great night sleep, but if you answer no than wake up the next day and don’t stop until you can answer “YES I GAVE IT 100%” and when you give 100% towards something, even if you fail, than you and I will never be disappointed because we couldn’t have given any more or tried any harder.”
Now ask yourself every night before you go to bed, did you give 100% today?