The sad lie of mediocrity
Doing 4% less does not get you 4% less.
Doing 4% less may very well get you 95% less.
That's because almost good enough gets you nowhere. No sales, no votes, no customers. The sad lie of mediocrity is the mistaken belief that partial effort yields partial results. In fact, the results are usually totally out of proportion to the incremental effort.
Big organizations have the most trouble with this, because they don't notice the correlation. It's hidden by their momentum and layers of bureaucracy. So a mediocre phone rep or a mediocre chef may not appear to be doing as much damage as they actually are.
The flip side of this is that when you are at the top, the best in the world, the industry leader, a tiny increase in effort and quality can translate into huge gains. For a while, anyway.
快到年末了，现在美国经济也不好，同事们工作起来都特别卖力，大家都希望公司能顺利挺过这一关。Indium公司有75年历史了，也经历过许多大大小小的行业性，全国性，或是世界性的不景气，甚至是衰退期；我们都挺过来了，而且还在一步一脚印地茁壮成长着！ Anyway, 即使我们自认为是"强驽"，还是要坚持不懈地努力地，不然"Doing 4% less may very well get you 95% less"，还没到达鲁缟的跟前，就被这个全球性金融危机(global financial crisis)给meltdown了！
Cheer up! 加油！