Majoring in Minors

Ran across an interesting sports study the other day:

90% of all sports-related injuries are related to sporting activities.

The same study indicates that 15% of sports-related injuries are not directly related to the sports themselves.

Seriously -- those are stats based on actual research. Given that 25% of all statistics used in speeches and articles like this are made up on the spot, the math here makes perfect sense.

Our perception becomes our reality. We hear a statistic. If it's from a semi-credible source, we are conditioned to accept it as valid. That statistic then becomes a lens through which we view life, coloring our opinions and experience. How we see life is more about opinions and traditions than the actual experience.

Take dishwashing detergent, for instance....

If you took a sampling of household detergents and asked their users what they liked about them, research shows that their remarks would center on three things:

1.) Suds

2.) Color / Fragrance

3.) Thickness

Guess what three things have absolutely nothing to do with the effectiveness of a detergent?


Aesthetics like suds, color, fragrance and viscosity (thickness) are added by the manufacturer purely to appeal to the customer.

- A sink whose suds have dissipated can still clean just as well as one that looks like a bubble bath.

- Viscosity can become the enemy to efficient operation, requiring additional rinsing efforts. A detergent that feels "thinner" can be rinsed more quickly, speeding the return of the dishware to service.


By educating your employees, you help to break down false assumptions and re-wire paradigms. This not only cuts down on waste, but improves the effectiveness of your cleaning program.

Read more about the products discussed here:

Shamrock Pot & Pan Detergent Delite Pot & Pan Detergent Sentry