Lesson 4: Going the Extra Mile from Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement


Going the extra mile is the action of rendering more and better service than that for which you are presently paid. When you go the extra mile, the Law of Compensation comes into play. I think giving extra without expecting anything in return is an even better philosophy.

For leaders going the extra mile is even more important. In his essay The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf said “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”

Jesus said “If someone takes your coat, give him your cloak as well; if he makes you go a mile with him, go with him two. “ Matthew 5:40

I read a story recently about a man who en route from a business trip inL.A.to his daughter’s home in Denver to see his three-year-old grandson for the last time. The boy was in a coma and was being taken off of life support at that night so his organs could be used to save other lives.  The man’s wife called Southwest airlines to try to arrange the last-minute flight. Unfortunately, the man was held up byL.A.traffic and long lines at LAX and didn’t make it to the gate on time.

When he finally made it there 12 minutes after the plane was scheduled to leave, he was shocked to find the pilot waiting for him. As he thanked the pilot, and the pilot said, “They can’t go anywhere without me, and I wasn’t going anywhere without you. Now relax. We’ll get you there. And again, I’m so sorry.”  Now that is going the extra mile.

 

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