212° The Extra Degree

Extraordinary Results Begin with One Small Change
by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson | Simple Truths © 2016 · 96 pages

212°. It’s that extra degree where all the magic happens. Over 1 million people have enjoyed this super-short look at a super-powerful concept. Big Ideas we explore include a quick look at the importance of turning up the hear and initiating something called “activation energy,” how the little things matter and can be measured in Olympic gold, finding your ONE Thing, pruning diversions and going for the second mile, “and then some” style.

“Raising the temperature of water by one extra degree means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine—a beautiful, uncomplicated metaphor that ideally should feed our every endeavor—consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task we undertake. 212° serves as a forceful drill sergeant with its motivating and focused message, while adhering to a scientific law—a natural law.

It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences. So simple is the analogy that you can stop reading right now, walk away with the opening thought firmly planted in your mind, and benefit from it for the rest of your life.

That’s the purpose of this book—to help you internally define and take ownership of the most fundamental principle behind achieving life results beyond your expectations. This simple idea has a singular focus—an actionable focus.”

~ Sam Parker and Mac Anderson from 212° The Extra Degree


It’s that extra degree where all the magic happens.

We’ve talked about the concept in various contexts but I didn’t pick up the book until I was working on a +1 called “Are You a Should-Head?” inspired by Rory Vaden’s wisdom from Take the Stairs (in which he references this little book).

It’s a SUPER short book. Like jumbo-short.


Over 1 million people have purchased a copy!

To put it in perspective, this is one of the few books my brother has. (I think I got all the “read every book out there” genes in the family! Hah.)

Although I hesitated to do a Note on it because it’s so short, I realized that some of the highest-impact Notes are on the shortest little books like James Stockdale’s speech/essay Courage Under Fire and James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh.

So… Here we are!

I think you’ll dig the little book. It’s co-written by one of the guys who started Successories (Mac Anderson) and it’s the perfect gift for a friend who might be into the basic idea of improving their lives but not *that* into reading. (Get a copy here.)

With that, I say we jump in and have fun turning up the heat with a few of my favorite Ideas!

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About the authors


Sam Parker

Keynote speaker. Consultant. Author of 212° the extra degree, Lead Simply, and some other things.

Mac Anderson

Founder of Simple Truths and Successories, Inc