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    What is your 212 degree?

    created by jtk5857 4 days 13 hours 43 minutes ago

    Category: World

    What is your 212 degree?

    Good morning, CNetters,

    Hey I came across this video and book that I thought was interesting. You know me, I don't like to read books, but this one caught my attention. It is called 212 The Extra Degree. It begins with the premise, "At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degree makes all the difference."It says that a little more effort, a little more attention and a little more care can mean everything to our results in our relationships, our work and opportunities in life in general. It is a metaphor to feed our every endeavor-pushing us to give our extra effort in every task and situation we undertake. The Extra Degree lays out the philosophy of pushing yourself just a little further to reach your full potential.

    I learned that small things can and do make a difference such as through my volunteering. I know by helping others unconditionally, they might have a better day or even life. I know that by studying a little longer may be the difference between a B+ or A- and drive my GPA or lifting one extra day of will help my standing on the soccer team so we can attain our team goals.

    So, what is your 212 degree? What do you need to do to reach the results you are seeking in your life?

    Thanks for reading.


    Re: What is your 212 degree?

    Hey Jon,

    I love this metaphor! I really think sometimes a little extra push is all it takes to get us where we want to be.

    That being said, some examples that come to mind are:

    - Waking up early to get some work done, have time to eat a good breakfast, and drink some tea or coffee

    - Giving myself more time to study/ review so I don't feel like I'm cramming for an exam and feel better about the content

    - Giving myself a timeframe to complete art projects and not put them off

    - Going to the gym at least 3 times a week so I get stronger and stay healthy

    Great topic!

    Have a great day!

    - dymphie

    Re: What is your 212 degree?

    Jon, I’m not sure if I’m answering this correctly, but I really appreciate the metaphor and it makes me think of something I struggle with sometimes, which is going The extra mile for my students.

    Sometimes students, particularly freshman and international students, don’t really understand their professor’s role in their life. Since in elementary school and high school your teacher is your teacher 40 hours or more per week, they think that professors are in the same situation, even though we just get paid by the class and only see students on a limited basis and have A LOT of them.

    So I get a lot of students who stop me in the hallway or even on the street to ask me for help, sometimes with help and sometimes it has nothing to do with my class or even school. Even though I can feel a little overworked sometimes, especially this time of year, I try to help A LITTLE! I have to have boundaries but I also try to be a little flexible with my boundaries. Like you said, sometimes your decisions can affect someone’s day, or even their life! In my case it’s their education.

    It’s a tough balance, but it’s a good balance to strike. Just don’t boil over because all know what happens then. There’s a big mess;)

    Re: What is your 212 degree?

    Hey Jon,

    Interesting topic this morning. To me my 212 is being the best version of me I can possibly be. It is working at my grades to try to be at the top of my class, working at my golf game to be not just a competitor, but to be a medalist each match, in running, to reach personal bests weekend race after weekend race. How do I achieve these results? By putting in the dull and boring time in my preparation and work outs. The time most others aren't willing to do.

    I can see how 212 degree would work in relationships and at work, too.

    Have a great day and good luck in this week's election.


    Re: What is your 212 degree?

    Good morning Jon!

    I like this philosophy and school of thought. I’ve never thought of effort in that way before. It sounds like we all employ it in our lives subconsciously, but if we’re aware of it and leverage the 212 degree, we can achieve awesome things!

    In my marriage, my 212th degree is when I grab flowers on my way out of the grocery store. It’s when I surprise her with dinner or, on our anniversary, a tribute video to her! On our anniversary in August, I gave her this video I worked months on explaining why I love her. Over the top? Maybe. 212th degree on the anniversary gift? Heck yeah!

    At work, my 212th degree is when I do something before it’s even been asked of me. I’ve learned to plan ahead because the pace at my job is so high. When I already have a mock up complete, or a concept ready to present, my supervisor is surprised and proud.

    With my family, my 212th degree is not only staying in touch, but reaching out to my dad about Tesla and SpaceX stuff when I find it. He’s an Elon Musk fanboy and I really like that stuff too. I know I can brighten his day by sending that stuff his way.

    Thank you for helping remind me where I put in the most effort in my life! I’m going to keep aware of this concept and see how it can benefit my professional and personal life.

    Re: What is your 212 degree?

    Hey Jon,

    This is a very interesting post. Thanks for sharing this with us. Something new I just learned about. I think the things that I would like to push myself forward on would be using my time more wisely. I work and go to school so I am spending the majority of my time on beneficial things however, after work I waste a lot of my time on my phone or on TV. I would like to use it more wisely towards achieving more things in life instead of wasting it. Life is short and we should be taking advantage of every minute of it.
    I also would like to be more patient and control my emotions especially when I get upset about something. Learning to take patience to another level can help a lot. It can be useful when arguing over something that is not worth it. Patience will help avoid problems and will make everyone happier in the long run.
    Mostly I think we need to push ourselves another degree in everything to make the best out of it.

    Very interesting forum Jon! Thanks for sharing!