Friday, September 10, 2010

Step One: Identify at Least Fifty Examples of Perfect or Near-Perfect Individual Performance by Adults

Now all these things happened to them as examples,
and they were written for our admonition, ….

— 1 Corinthians 10:11 (NKJV)

You will learn more about creating 2,000 percent
solutions by developing your own examples, but I list
fifty instances here of adults taking near-perfect action
in many different aspects of life to provide a starting
point. In addition, these examples are intended to open
your mind to what you have already observed: that
instances of individual perfection and near perfection in
adult performance are common.

Consider the following:

• Breathing (Few healthy people who can find enough
fresh air stop breathing on their own.)
• Cashing or depositing a paycheck (Few people who
aren’t in a coma fail to learn how or forget to do so.)
• Refueling a working vehicle (Few people permanently
abandon a vehicle after it runs out of fuel.)
• Sending an invoice for work done (Few people forget
to seek payment for tasks performed to earn money.)
• Opening birthday presents (Many people even open
them secretly in advance.)

• Drinking enough liquids to avoid death from
dehydration (If potable fluids are available, those who
can reach and swallow them will drink what they need.)
• Asking for raises in pay (Few employed people will not
ask for an increase if one hasn’t occurred in the prior
three years and no contract prohibits it.)
• Changing a flat tire or finding someone to do so (Few
people permanently abandon an otherwise working
vehicle after it has a flat tire, even if they cannot change
the tire themselves.)
• Filing a tax return to obtain the refund of a significant
overpayment (People who don’t know what to do will
find someone who can help them.)
• Replacing clothing that is falling apart rather than go
naked (Very few poor people don’t have access to
replacement clothing that they can afford or obtain for

• Getting into a home after accidentally locking oneself
out (Few people become homeless following such a
• Learning to walk (Few people who are not disabled
from a young age fail to learn to walk.)
• Eating (Few healthy people without mental problems
fail to master how to take in food.)
• Smiling (Few people who aren’t paralyzed or do not
have autism fail to learn to smile.)
• Singing (Almost everyone who is not mute can make
musical sounds with their voices, although the
attractiveness of their singing varies a lot.)

• Drawing (Most people who can hold a pencil, crayon,
or stick will be able to sketch something that is
recognizable either on paper or in the dirt.)
• Communicating to others (Most people primarily
rely on their voices; others use sign language or
• Sleeping (Hardly anyone fails to get some sleep
each week.)
• Learning (Almost everyone can learn something.)
• Telling the difference between day and night (Blind
people can use senses other than sight to notice shifts
in temperature and sounds associated with the sun’s
presence or absence.)

• Spending money (Almost everyone, even those with
modest mental capacities, can usually appreciate that
money can be exchanged for something they want.)
• Resting when tired (Few people deliberately keep busy
until so exhausted that they have to be hospitalized.)
• Hugging people (Only the armless find this to be
• Blowing out birthday candles (Few people who aren’t
on respirators lack enough coordination and lung capacity
to do this.)
• Opening an unlocked door (Almost everyone without
major physical limitations can operate a door’s

• Recognizing family members (Until dementia occurs,
people are very likely to recognize family members by
sight, touch, sound, and smell.)
• Telling the difference between an onion and an apple
(Although the shapes and sizes are somewhat similar,
other characteristics make accurate identification hard
to avoid.)
• Getting someone’s attention (Even those who don’t
know how to do this pleasantly will eventually make
enough of a fuss to attract someone who wants to quiet
• Dreaming while sleeping (Hardly anyone reports
never having had dreams.)
• Sitting (Few remain standing or lying down if they are
physically capable of sitting and want to do so.)

• Recognizing their names (People who cannot read will
usually master what their names looks like, how they
appear by touch in Braille for the blind, or what they
sound like.)
• Petting small friendly animals (Almost everyone enjoys
the experience and with practice learns to touch animals
in a gentle, pleasant way that animals respond positively
• Drawing away from something that’s burning them
(Most of those with a reduced sense of feel will
eventually smell that their flesh is being charred.)
• Moving away from something that smells bad (It
doesn’t take much of a foul odor to cause us to shift
• Kissing others (Some do this better than others.)

• Seeking out others (Most people are interested in
talking to and doing things with other people, and almost
everyone will look for help on occasion.)
• Moving away from danger (If you watch videos of
people in a dangerous situation, you see almost all those
who aren’t trained to save others heading toward a
safer location.)
• Remembering who has been kind to them (People
hope to bump into them again so the experience can
• Telling the difference between a rock and an animal
(A few animals appear to be a little like rocks, but closer
inspection usually reveals the answer when movement
occurs or does not occur.)
• Remembering that chocolate tastes good (Nothing more
need be said on this subject.)

• Requesting help when in danger (It may only be
frantic waving, but the signal will be unmistakable.)
• Avoiding what a person has good reason to be
physically afraid of (Few people other than highly
trained scientists and their assistants seek to be near
alligators, coral snakes, and black mambas because of
their reputations for harming people.)
• Remembering happy occasions with pleasure (Just
thinking about such events makes people feel better.)
• Helping people who have helped them (The sense of
obligation makes people feel uncomfortable until they
• Laughing while looking at monkeys (These little
creatures can tickle our fancies more than many of the
best comedians.)

• Putting on more clothes when it gets cold (Only those
who cannot find more clothes won’t do this.)
• Screaming when startled (Jump out from where you
cannot be seen, shout “boo” from behind someone
standing in a dark place, and listen to the evidence.)
• Picking up untended hundred dollar bills lying in front
of them (This can be an expensive experiment to
conduct, but some robbers have provided evidence by
tossing money into the air in hopes of slowing down the
police by attracting money grabbers.)
• Remembering where they live (Except for those with
amnesia, people get back home eventually.)
• Looking up while fireworks are exploding in the air
(Sighted people will be drawn by the bright colors, but
even blind people will be drawn by the sound.)

Copyright 2010 Donald W. Mitchell, All Rights Reserved.

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