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Mediocrities

Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff

It’s easy to be forgotten when there are so many that are better than you. So why exert the extra effort when you can get along by simply doing as little as possible.

Virtually everyone has heard of Confucius, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Aquinas, and Locke, to name only a few of the most notable. Many aspects of our personal and professional lives are influenced by the thinking, teachings and writings of one or more of these great minds. Yet there is one forgotten philosopher who is followed by more people than any other.

Mediocrities is the forgotten, and uncelebrated, but most followed philosopher’s who taught, “Do only enough to get by.” Why excel when it’s so much easier to easier to fail? Why make something perfect if good enough will do?

Strangely enough, many people even unknowingly adhere to his philosophy in raising their children. Do you remember being told that things should be done in moderation?

Think of all the people you know who go through life satisfied with doing just enough to get by when with a little more effort, they could do more. Usually when you say this people will tell you something like, “It’s not just a little more, it’s a whole lot more. If all it took was just a little more, everyone would do it.”

Not true. A little goes a long way.

In USA Gymnastics history, Peter Vidmar is the highest-scoring gymnast. At the 1984 Games, he collected a gold on the pommel horse, after earning a perfect 10, and a second place finish in the individual all-around, becoming the first American to secure an all-around medal at the Games.

After winning the Gold Medal, Vidmar was the keynote speaker at a National Utility Contractors Association annual meeting many years ago. During the banquet, the press was given the opportunity to sit at the table with him. I got super lucky and was seated next to him. While we talked during the meal, I asked him what he had done that gave him the edge to earn a perfect score 10. He commented that during his competition, he noticed that the one common denominator was that everyone who won, won by just a little bit more than the person to beat. It was a tiny point spread between the winner and number two. It was tenths of a point, tenths of a second, or millimeters.

He said that he figured he didn’t have to be a lot better, he just had to try to be a little bit better. To accomplish this, he said that he pushed himself and worked out 10 minutes longer than anyone else and that the added 10 minutes gave him the winning edge.

Mediocrities says, “Don’t do today what you can put off until tomorrow. Maybe someone else will do it and you won’t have to.” If you follow this advice you will not only never win the Gold, you’ll never get a shot at it.

We have (or will have in a few days) newly elected representatives in Congress as well as all other political offices on the federal, state, county and municipal level. We need these people to put in an extra 10 minutes a day so that we can move forward on all levels. There are so many pieces of legislation that need to be handled; so many things that need to be done that are pending, such as the highway bill. We too need to put in an extra 10 minutes a day communicating with the people who have recently been elected to represent us making certain that they remember what got them elected and why they have assumed the responsibility of representation.

Don’t worry about Mediocrities. He may be forgotten but his philosophy will prevail, just as it has for centuries.

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

Warren Bennis

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.

Nelson Boswell

Mediocrities will appear in the November 2014 issues of the 13 ACP magazines.

Michelin Tweel Technologies Expands Line Up Of Skid Steer Airless Radials

MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL now available for hard surface and all terrain applications

578683f6-94af-440b-a480-6ccddeb647ce.HRMichelin announced today it will expand the market footprint for its airless skid steer tires with the launch of two new versions of the award-winning MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL airless radial tire: a 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL All Terrain for a wide range of surfaces and a12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL Hard Surface for pavement use.

Two years ago, MICHELIN Tweel Technologies introduced the first commercially available airless radial tires for skid steer loaders. This revolutionary tire offered a solution to the seemingly unavoidable challenge of chronic flat tires that plague the millions of skid steer loaders relied upon by many commercial operations.

The new All Terrain, which is designed for more rugged off-road working conditions, will be a viable option for such industries as construction and landscaping, and the new Hard Surface tire, which provides more longevity on pavement and asphalt, presents an option for very high-use operations.

The development of Michelin’s Tweel technology is significant, since skid steer loaders equipped with traditional pneumatic tires, experience at least two or more flat tires per month. Desperate to find a solution to reduce flat-tire downtime, many users resort to using foam-filled, solid tires or other alternatives that result in diminished traction, handling and ride comfort. The 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL provides the advantages of no air pressure maintenance, easy mounting, damage resistance, increased operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than pneumatic tires.

“Our newest versions of the 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL provide the benefits associated with pneumatic tires, but they don’t go flat. This is a breakthrough innovation for skid steers in the landscape, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries,” said Ralph Dimenna, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “I urge everyone to stay tuned. This is just the beginning of exciting things to come.”

The MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL is now available in two different tread designs, the All Terrain design with a deep, open tread for off-road applications and the Hard Surface design which has greater wear life on pavement and asphalt. In line with Michelin’s commitment to lessen the impact on the environment, both MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL fitments are equipped with advancements that help save resources. The spokes are specially designed to enhance the tires’ durability and endurance. In addition, the tires have a deep underlying tread layer that allows the core outside tread to be retreaded numerous times, helping reduce the overall cost of ownership.

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Michelin To Provide Airless Radial Tire For John Deere Ztrak™ 900 Series Line-Up

MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF™ available exclusively on new John Deere ZTrak 900 B, M, R Series mowers

5714133b-7cf4-4bb2-bff1-6ae7cf9172bd.HRAt this year’s Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE), MICHELIN Tweel Technologies announced it has partnered with John Deere to equip its ZTRAK™ 900 Series line-up of zero-turn commercial mowers with the ground-breaking MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF™ as original equipment to replace a standard 24x12x12 tire. Available on the 54-, 60- and 72-inch deck sizes, the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF eliminates downtime and is maintenance free.

The newest version of this award-winning technology, MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF airless radial tire is available for landscape professionals who normally experience expensive and inconvenient downtime associated with flat tires. Using automotive rubber technology, the tread lasts up to three times longer than standard turf tires. Operators will experience greater performance than with a pneumatic tire, increased uptime, enhanced hillside stability, reduced operator fatigue, and improved productivity resulting in a lower cost of ownership.

“We have been working with the John Deere team for several years and the result is a partnership that has the potential to dramatically change the commercial mowing market,” said Ralph Dimenna, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “Our MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF provides the benefits associated with pneumatic tires, but it won’t go flat.”

“John Deere has consistently offered revolutionary technology to the professional landscape contractor and now, in partnership with Michelin, offers the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF on our 900 Series ZTrak,” said Nick Minas, product manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing. “The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF could very well be the last rear tire contractors will ever need for their zero-turn mowers.”

The new MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF offers high strength, poly-resin spokes to carry the load and absorb impacts while providing reduced machine bounce. This translates into excellent operator comfort and in turn, productivity. The proprietary design also resists damage. The multidirectional tread pattern is optimized for hillside stability and helps prevents turf damage. The proprietary Comp10 Cable™ technology allows the load to hang from the top, resulting in low contact pressure that mimics air filled tires. The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is the only 24x12N12 commercial product available to offer the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime. The four bolt pattern, heavy steel gauge steel hub fits a variety of popular zero-turn commercial mowers.

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J. Gross Equipment, Aberdeen SD to Carry Hyundai’s Full Line of Construction Equipment

vcsPRAsset_2790566_65667_03d16357-4820-40be-a65e-1e812863fa51_0Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., an earth moving and material handling equipment manufacturer is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Gross Equipment to their rapidly growing dealer network.  J. Gross Equipment will provide sales and service of Hyundai equipment from their dealership location in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

“J. Gross Equipment is a well-established equipment dealership with an obvious passion for the industry,” states Kirk Gillette, General Manager of Hyundai Construction Equipment. “With their exceptional customer service and proven business practices, I’m confident they will be a top notch Hyundai dealer.

J.Gross Equipment will now carry Hyundai’s full line of quality construction equipment, which includes wheel loaders, crawler and wheeled excavators and mini-excavators. The full stock of Hyundai equipment will be readily available for sale or rent.

“Over the past 25 years, we’ve committed to becoming the best equipment company for our customers and the community we serve,” states Josh Gross, CEO of J. Gross Equipment, Inc. “The Hyundai brand has a strong reputation for its durable, feature-rich products and perfectly complements our equipment offerings.  We are excited to partner with Hyundai and provide our customers with a world leading brand of heavy construction equipment.

J. Gross Equipment sales staff has been fully trained in the application, sales, parts and service of Hyundai Construction Equipment products and offers prompt and professional parts and service support to its customers.

For more information or a demonstration of Hyundai products, please contact J. Gross Equipment at 605-229-4037 or visit www.jgeinc.com.

Dire States – A Transportation Vote in Wisconsin

The Dire States team interviews Craig Thompson, the executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. Thompson details a constitutional amendment in Wisconsin that, if approved by voters, will dedicate funds generated by transportation for road and bridge maintenance and construction in the state.

For more on the ballot initiative, visit: ‪http://bit.ly/1y85g4y

For more on Dire States, visit: ‪http://bit.ly/19eJ2AM