The Power of Going The Extra Mile
We’re all familiar with the concept of going the extra mile; of doing more than is required and the role this habit plays in our success. It’s a classic principle that celebrates the value of hard work and promotes the importance of giving our best effort in all endeavors. Simply put, going the extra mile means doing more than is required or expected in service to excellence and a job well done. While the decision to make this a habit can be a matter of character and core values, it’s also a smart and tactical approach to going further faster and attracting more success in our lives, sooner.
Most people exert only minimal effort in life – just enough to ensure their needs are met. In their personal and professional lives they do only what they must, and at times even that can be a struggle. In a world where mediocre is the norm, the person willing to go the extra mile stands out! By virtue of rarity and in contrast to others, the person who develops the habit of going the extra mile builds a positive reputation. This can be useful because, like money, reputation is a form of currency and can be traded in exchange for intangible assets like the favor, trust, and goodwill of others, including those who have the ability to directly or indirectly influence success. Once known for our habit of doing more than required, we become indispensable to those around us, and they begin to trust and rely on the consistency and quality of our work. As their trust in us grows, so grows a sense of gratitude and indebtedness. The more diligent we are about going the extra mile in all that we do, the more we make it a priority in our life, the more we create a growing world of people who root for us and who – given the opportunity – would more than willingly directly assist us in our success.
So, yes, being the type of person who goes the extra mile is evidence of good character and strong values. From a practical perspective, however, it’s also a good idea to understand it as a method of progression and accomplishment. In a world where people often look to get something for nothing, the person who commits to going beyond the call of duty time and time again is often rewarded with favor and a willingness by others to invest in their success. So while we should be the type of people that go the extra mile because it’s good for the soul, we should also remember that doing so also serves our own self-interest. Building the reputation for going above and beyond, and doing more than expected can be the difference between just getting what you need to survive and getting what you want to make your dreams come true.