In the Olympics and your career, 2% = GOLD!

I really enjoy the Winter Olympics and will spend a lot of time watching even some of the more obscure events– curling? The television coverage is so good that we get to see these events from Sochi, Russia better than many of those who are there in person. I was watching men’s speed skating and the camera work really captured the speed at which these athletes flew across the ice. I am not a big speed skating fan, but the event was great.Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 3.25.03 PM

These are the official results from the Olympic Men’s 1000m Speed Skating competition in Sochi. Less than 1.0 second separates the top 10 finishers.

The entire event takes just over a minute, so the differential is less than 2%. These athletes spend years training for their event.

Practice and training are not only for athletes. What skill can you practice today that will give you that 2% advantage in your career?