before the critical moment

before the critical moment

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.

One extra degree makes all the difference.

About 700 people were in the audience listening to the speaker before me.

I was standing off to the side of the stage with my decision maker … the person who brought me in as the closing keynoter. He’d be introducing me in about 5 minutes.

“You know why you’re here?” he asked rhetorically.

I leaned in.

“I’ve been getting your emails for probably 20 years. I love your stuff. Thought it was time to get you in here.”

“Long sales cycle,” I said.

We both smiled. He shared the story in the introduction. I was reminded…

Being 212 isn’t always about giving the extra degree of effort in the final moments. Sometimes it’s about that attention, effort, and care we give something (someone) well before the critical moment … maybe even decades.


The exchange had me thinking about how many opportunities I may have missed over the years because of my gomo moments. I was sure to share the story with my new-to-the-workforce kids.

“I'll tell you a big secret, my friend.
Don't wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.”

Albert Camus | 1913 - 1960 | French writer & Nobel Prize winner

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