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The difference 67 minutes can make

I do love statistics and numbers.   When Sam Parker and Mac Anderson wrote 212°: the Extra Degree. They said,

Raising the temperature of water by one extra degree means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine—a beautiful, uncomplicated metaphor that ideally should feed every endeavor—consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task we undertake…. It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences.
In fact, it is the difference between hot and boiling!

So when a large group decides to change their attitude to life for 67 minutes, the difference is amazing.  And I have seen this at +Accsys (PTY) Ltd today.   The amount of stuff that everybody brought in to distribute to people in need was amazing, and the faces of those who were lucky enough to deliver the blankets and toys told a story of inspiration and meaning.   What a great day when everybody looks outside of themselves and tries to give back to the community.

At +Accsys (PTY) Ltd, we added an extra dimension and shared the following message with all the employees:

Today the world is honouring a man that stayed positive and constructive, with a great passion for life and people, in spite of the many difficulties and challenges he suffered through, most of which would have embittered the majority of people.


Many of you will be doing something special on your own, many have brought warm blankets etc to work.  And we know some departments have also put something together.  In addition to all of that, we would like to suggest that we spend the next 6.7 hours of our work day being positive and constructive, no matter how difficult the situation is.   Try to find somebody doing something right, and pay them a compliment, do something to help somebody else, learn something new.

And it worked!



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