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Be the Best

by lyn christian on October 1, 2009

Take a look at this graph. Take a close look. Without any clues from me, let your instincts guide you to wonder what the pattern might represent. What do you think?

Ice Cream Preferences

Would you guess that this particular pattern follows what is called Zipf’s law? The law is easily observed in scatterplotting data or in a bar graph like the one above. The law basically shows how our culture loves a “winner”, the superstar performers. In a nutshell there is a big gap between those who are “best in the world” and those who follow in the top ten ratings. The graph above, according to the International Ice Cream Association, outlines the top ten flavors of ice cream: Vanilla is first, followed by Chocolate, Butter Pecan, Strawberry, Neapolitan, Chocolate Chip, French Vanilla, Cookies and Cream, Fudge Ripple, and, finally, Praline. *

It takes extra effort and time to be the best in any given category. It takes a personal desire to give something no one else can or will. What would you most want to be known as the best of? What are you able to do with world-class results?

No matter what, have the guts to be willing to stick with something until you master it. Extraordinary benefits accrue to the small majority that can stay focused on doing what it takes to be the best. Start small by playing with the idea of excelling in an every day way. Begin the pattern that can translate to greatness in big ways. Feel what it is like to reach peak performance so you can duplicate that expression deeper into your life. Write to us about your goal of reaching excellence in one significant place and your success in reaching it. If Vanilla can do it, so can you!

Seth Godin The Dip*Adapted from The Dip by Seth Godin which I highly recommend you read if this information was useful to you.

About the Author: Lyn Christian is the founder of SoulSalt Inc. a coaching and coach training company. She is passionate about the “free-agent” worker who wants to earn their living and live their lives by doing what inspires them. Get more information  by visiting www.soulsalt.com .

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