Petrol Pump Philosophy

How you do anything is how you do everything. Your “character” or “nature” just refers to how you handle all the day-to-day things in life, no matter how small. – Derek Sivers

I was at the garage this morning filling up my car and thinking about the book I am currently reading – ‘The Slight Edge‘ by Jeff Olson. The Slight Edge according to Jeff is the difference between the 5% that are successful and the 95% that aren’t. I personally think he is being over generous there and it is actually probably less than 1%. When I was at university something one of my lecturers said has always stuck with me – ‘You are all maths graduates and statistically the highest earners in our society, why do you want to be teachers?’ I had the answer at the time, I was getting divorced and needed to be able to support my children and this gave me the school holidays off. I only stuck it for 3 years though because I could never be institutionalised.

Anyway I digress, at the petrol station this morning I remembered a time when I was at this same garage a few months ago and there were massive queues but I noticed that the pump on the far end was free. I realised that it was because, like mine, all the other cars in the queue had their filler cap on the other side. The pumps were only one deep so I drove around the back and filled up my car, paid and drove off while all the others were still waiting. It’s those little things that you do every day whether positive or negative that have a compounding effect. What do you do that sets you apart from the rest and gives you that ‘Slight Edge’?