The value of the extra mile

“Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.” Gary Ryan Blair

You can never do more work than you are paid for. By giving more value than you are financially compensated for, you will always be rewarded. Look for additional areas that you can provide unsolicited service and you will set yourself on a path towards massive success. If you make a habit of giving more than which is asked of you, you will become indispensable in your marketplace. Are you indispensable?

I recently read an account from the memoirs of steel titan Andrew Carnegie, in which he spoke of his trusted colleague Charles Schwab. By using the principle of going the extra mile, Schwab was able to attain a most trusted position within the company and create a fortune for himself in the process. By Mr. Carnegie’s description, Mr. Schwab routinely worked two or three times more than the average laborer and did it with a smile on his face. Staying late and returning early to the office, Mr. Schwab made himself to be so effective that Carnegie took joy in paying him far more than the average worker. He became indispensable.

What are you doing to make yourself irreplaceable as an employee, as an entrepreneur or any other position in life which you choose to hold? How can you create so much value that you truly are the only option available to fill a certain role?

Television personality Ross Matthews lives by the motto that, “If you want to succeed at any job, make yourself invaluable. Go the extra mile; make them never be able to imagine what life without you there would be like.”

By accepting the role of a person that goes the extra mile, you will be rewarded with means far beyond the limitations of money. You gain respect, admiration, self-worth and many other nobilities that will serve you far the beyond the scope of the current job at hand. What can you do to further develop your habit of going the extra mile?

Utilize the words of personal development master Napoleon Hill said, “You can start where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service than you are now being paid for.”

What is your first step on your extra mile?