A few years ago I had to give a motivational lecture during the annual LEAD conference at Savannah College of Art and Design. I had no idea what I was going to talk about and the stress started to take a toll on me mentally. So I decided to take it out on the basketball court. Now although I consider myself a decent basketball player, my roommate is on a whole different level altogether: it is as if I’m playing against someone from NBA.

It came to a point during one of the matches that his score was up 15 and I had to call timeout. Him being a nice guy, came over to tell me it was a close match though in my heart I knew otherwise. My shots were all over the place! And here’s what he said which struck me for a long time. “When you release the ball, sometimes you release it slightly to the right, or to the left, sometimes too fast or too slow. Those little things make an impact on the trajectory of the ball. You were just a few millimetres short.”

What a remarkably simple theory. I was just a few millimetres away from being a winner.

Those exact same “measurements” were told to me a few days later when a classmate pointed out to a character that I drew saying that the face was a few millimetres too long. He corrected the drawing for me and indeed, those few millimetres did make a world of difference i.e. it could mean either a Brad Pitt or a Bad Pete.

For others, this same ‘millimetres’ could make the difference between getting a job or not. For some of us, the little changes and few millimetres could well mean our Gold, Silver and Bronze in life.

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