One Number That Makes All The Difference

I recently listened to a podcast featuring Ed Thorp, a writer and thinker, now 89 years old.  He was talking about how to live a long life, and one consideration was controlling body weight.

His method is to step on a scale every morning, get informed about reality, then adjust his day as needed.  Whoops, no beer today.

This led to a longer discussion about finding the one number that makes all the difference.   Click here to hear more here if you’re interested:

Ed Thorp Podcast

Your Wildly Important Number

Another client this week told me about focusing his whole business for on one entire year on one number:  Number of A-players in the company.  He’s shooting for 90%, and has made a number of great hires, and some great off-boards too.  A-players make all the difference and he’s decided to make it THE focus of the business.

Finance guru Dave Ramsey works with people getting their finances under control.  The first ‘baby step’ or wildly important number he starts with is that high interest credit card debt.  Forget everything else, just focus on that one number because it makes all the difference.

What’s your number?

It might be number of:

  • Prospects called
  • Man hours per product shipped
  • Push ups per day
  • Steps counted
  • Hours billed
  • Minutes spent reading or praying

Decide on what’s important

And measure it.  Because what gets measured gets done!  Think about your most important number today.

Getting ahead is about getting started!

Trevor Throness is a speaker, consultant, and author of “The Power of People Skills.”  He is also co-founder and senior instructor at

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