1 Percent Tom ConnellanToday’s Christmas in July sponsor spotlight post belongs to Tom Connellan, author of The 1% Solution for Work and Life: How to Make Your Next 30 Days the Best Ever. Mr. Connellan is providing a copy of his book to the prize package. The 1% Solution is a fast, insightful read that urges the reader to strive to be better and do better by simply increasing their overall effort by 1% at a time. Now, I admit, when it comes to self-help, I’m fairly lazy. I’ve read other books that give me a long list of ways I can change my thinking, change my attitude, and change my life. I always say “gee, that sounds awesome, I’ll give it a try…tomorrow.” Maybe it’s not so much laziness as the fact that I am a procrastinator at heart. But the 1% Solution only asks me to put forth a tiny, itty bit of extra effort each day. It’s not so overwhelming when put that way, and definitely easy to do.

I used the 1% Solution with my blogging, specifically my cold-pitching of companies to find awesome products to review. As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I’m a shy person, so this was a major thing for me to do. But I decided to just start with one person, one product that I wanted to try out. One a day for a week. Four of them said yes. One never wrote me back, and that’s fine, because that means 80% responded positively. Not too bad for my first attempts! Of course, I was so excited by this response that I started putting forth even more effort, with even more awesome results.

About Tom Connellan

Tom Connellan is a New York Times Bestselling author and former Program Director and Research Associate at the Michigan Business School. His impressive client list includes FedEx, Marriott, Home Depot, Sony, Neiman Marcus, Dell, and Acura. He is responsible for starting a service company in the health care field and built it into a network of 1200 instructors serving 300 hospitals and most of the Fortune 500 firms. More than 1,000,000 people went through his programs. You can learn more about Connellan at his website.

EarlyEntry

You can earn an early entry  into the Christmas in July giveaway by checking out the first chapter of The 1% Solution and leaving me a comment about something you learned. To get your extra entries, go to Christmas in July Early Entries and fill out the Rafflecopter form. Early entries end 7/25/11 at 11:59PM.