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Going the Extra Mile Builds Many Roads for Success

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Going the Extra Mile Builds Many Roads for Success

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An important principle of success in all walks of life and in all occupations is a willingness to "Go the Extra Mile," says author Napoleon Hill of Going the Extra Mile. This means the rendering of more and better service than that for which one is paid, and giving it in a positive mental attitude.

Search wherever you will for a single sound argument against this principle, and you will not find it; nor will you find a single instance of enduring success which was not attained in part by its application.

The principle is not the creation of man. It is a part of Nature's handiwork, for it is obvious that every living creature below the intelligence of man is forced to apply the principle in order to survive.

One may disregard the principle if they choose, but they cannot do so and at the same time enjoy the fruits of enduring success.

The advantages of the habit of going the extra mile are definite and understandable. Let us examine some of them and be convinced:

* The habit brings the individual to the favorable attention of those who can and will provide opportunities for self-advancement.

* It tends to make one indispensable, in many different human relationships, and it therefore enables you to command more than average compensation for personal services.

* It leads to mental growth and to physical skill and perfection in many forms of endeavor, thereby adding to one's earning capacity.

* It protects one against the loss of employment when employment is scarce, and places them in a position to command the choicest of jobs.

* It enables one to profit by the law of contrast since the majority of people do not practice the habit.

* It leads to development of a positive, pleasing mental attitude, which is essential for enduring success.

* It tends to develop a keen, alert imagination because it is a habit which inspires one continuously to seek new and better ways of rendering service.

* It develops the important quality of personal initiative.

* It develops self-reliance and courage.

* It serves to build the confidence of others in one's integrity.

* It aids the mastery of the destructive habit of procrastination. …

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