Your Everyday Hopes and Dreams: What They Have In Common With a Three Minute Egg


Thanksgiving is behind us, Christmas is upon us, and New Years Day (believe it or not) is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

And what better way to celebrate the holiday season then by 1) giving thanks, 2) bearing gifts, and 3) ringing in the promise of a brand new year.

“Omne trium perfectum,” is a Latin phrase meaning, “Everything that comes in threes is perfect,” and/or, “That every set of three is complete.”

Go ahead, see if you can “complete” the following:

On you mark, get set…

The good, the bad, and…

Hook, line, and…


Here’s a few more popular threesome’s I’m sure you’ll recognize.

3 piece suit, 3 ring circus, 3 bean salad.

3 feet in a yard. 3 goals for a hat trick.

Small Medium Large, Rock Paper Scissors, Snap Crackle Pop, Ready Aim Fire.

Huey Dewey and Louie, Peter Paul and Mary, Alvin Simon and Theodore.

Protons Neutrons and Electrons (the 3 parts of an atom). 

The 3 Stooges, The 3 Wise Men, and last but not least the ever appealing Bacon Lettuce and Tomato.


Like Omne Trium Perfectum, “The Rule of Three,” a customary writing principle, conveys a similar idea, noting that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, and/or more effective than other number of things.

Authors and speakers often create “triplets,” and/or “trilogies,” structures of three parts for greater power and punch.

And in many folk and fairy tales a set of three tasks must be performed to obtain a particular goal.

For example, after discovering that Snow White is still alive and in a cottage on the other side of the mountain her wicked stepmother comes knocking on three separate occasions all in an attempt to leave Snow White for dead thereby reassuring her title of fairest in the land.

In Rumpelstiltskin the daughter of a miller must spin straw into gold thrice at the request of the king or face certain death. And upon becoming queen she is given three days to guess the imp-like creature’s name or be forced to relinquish her first born child.

Of course we’re not here to talk folklore or fairy tales.

We’re here to discuss the facts damn it.

And the indisputable fact is a BLT just isn’t a BLT without a layer or two of crispy bacon.

A triangle isn’t a triangle unless it’s supported by three sides.

And the third time around…well, let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be nearly as charming if it hadn’t been for the previous two.

Ask any realtor the three top considerations in real estate and they’re bound to bark back with a resounding “Location, location, location.”

Ask an artist, a musician, or an athlete the number one key to success and “Practice, practice, practice,” will more often than not be their immediate response.  

“Yada yada yada, aright already I get it.” “So what’s your point Pat?”


Have you ever seen that J&B Scotch Whiskey billboard ad that regularly pops up during the holidays, the one with the tagline, “…ingle ells, …ingle ells…The holidays just aren’t the same without J&B”?

“That’s your point? That’s what all this rhetoric’s about?

That in order to enjoy the holidays I need to be three sheets to the wind?”

Sorry, bad example.

Let me try that again.

Let’s suppose you work at something on a regular and consistent basis, i.e., every day. By simple virtue of doing so you will effectively become better and more proficient at doing it.

That my dear Watson is a fact.

Yet let’s also suppose it’s something you don’t necessarily enjoy working at, or even like/want to do.

Well then it’s fair to conclude that you’re gonna get very little if any personal gratification from doin it.

Again, I’m simply stating the facts.   

On the other hand, let’s say you’ve got something you enjoy doing very much, something that brings you a great deal of joy and satisfaction. And let’s assume that it’s something that overtime you’d like to become more accomplished at.

Yet in this particular case rather than doing it on a regular and consistent basis you only get around to doing it every now and then, say whenever the urge hits you or whenever you get the chance.

How well do you think that’ll work for ya?


However! Let’s say you were to work at something you immensely enjoy and/or genuinely wish to achieve. And let’s say you did so diligently day in and day out, week after week, month after month. Not for any ridiculous length of time mind you, but for twenty or thirty minutes, maybe an hour or two.

Well, well, well, now you’re talkin. Now you’re gettin somewhere (literally).

Why? Because now you have the “perfect” combination to potentially reach those seemingly unobtainable goals of yours. Maybe even realize a few of those long lost dreams.

Now you have what author Jeff Olson calls “The Slight Egde.”

What Success Magazine publisher Darren Hardy deems “The Compound Effect,”

And what the Japanese people have regarded for centuries as, “Kaizen.”

Now you have on your side and huddled in your corner my personal all-time favorite game changer: The Unadorned Art of Everyday Earnest Effort, aka, 3E.

Here’s a quick breakdown:

Everyday simply refers to consistency.  I.e., it’s not how much you do; it’s how often you do it.

Earnest suggests sincerity. In other words, if and when you do it you need to be doing so for the right reason(s).

Effort,well, effort means exactly what it implies: Work. The kind of work that (overtime) when done consistently and wholeheartedly can prove to be some of the most personally rewarding work you’ll ever do—period.

(By the way this hair brained theory is purely anecdotal, I have no proof whatsoever that it actually works). 


But honestly, think about it, what we have here is a classic example of Aristotle’s excerpt, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Meaning that “independently” we have three profoundly credible virtues, all invaluable in and of themselves, still, something is missing. (Hence my JB billboard ad example).

But when joined together—when applied collectively—these three stand-alone virtues take on an entirely new meaning.

And meaning, as I’m sure you’re well aware, can make life…well, if not quite perfect, immeasurably more complete.    

So, this holiday season eat, drink, and be merry. But after the festivities have come to a close may I suggest you take a moment to stop, look, and listen.

And if by chance you happen to find there is indeed something missing, something you haven’t done or maybe would like to do; perhaps something you feel an insatiable desire or need to do…do it.

Because as they say, “In life you have three choices: give up, give in, or give it your all.”

And needless to say, if choice number three sounds like the winning ticket to you, I agree…lock, stock, and barrel.

See ya on January 1st, till then, keeep it up.

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