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I was inspired by Alex Mandossian’s blog post today. He lists a 101+ teachers and what each taught him all in a single line of text. (I suspect he learned that editing skill from one (or more) of his teachers.
Naturally, Alex got me thinking about teachers and what they taught me and then it struck me that what Alex does so well is passing the teachings forward. He’s never stingy about credit and it serves him well.
So, while I begin my list of teachers and the lessons I’ve learned I suggest you stop for a moment today and thank the teachers in your life–then go one step further and become a teacher.
Thank a teacher–Be a Teacher. Listen, learn, and pass it along.
You can read the post here: http://www.alexmandossian.com/2009/11/26/a-thanksgiving-post-for-101-teachers-in-my-life/
I’ve been handling the affairs of my parent’s estate for the last two years. It’s a tedious, time consuming, mostly thankless job–but someone’s got to do it as the saying goes.
I have heard horror stories about poorly handled estates and scrabbles among heirs. So I am thankful that my six siblings have been both patient, encouraging and openly glad that it’s me and not them digging through accounts and union red-tape to sort things out and settle things up. And, I was lucky–I had records–tons of records–too many records in fact.
So what’s my point? While digging through yet another box of loose letters, cards and photos from various decades (actually centuries) I realized that moments of grace are found in the mundane chores of keeping life’s details in order. Just as the mother who can find a sense of peace in changing yet another diaper, I’ve been lucky enough to be keenly aware of my own awareness handling this task. For that I am grateful.
Going the Extra Mile will Get You Even Farther
by Jack Canfield
Are you someone who consistently goes the extra mile and routinely over delivers on your promises?
It’s rare these days, but it’s the hallmark of high achievers who know that exceeding expectations helps you stand above the crowd. Almost by force of habit, successful people simply do more.
As a result, they experience not only greater financial rewards for their extra efforts but also a personal transformation, becoming more self-confident, more self-reliant, and more influential with those around them.
These high achievers stand out from the crowd because of their extra efforts. They are unwilling to give up, even in the face of difficult times.
They get the promotions, they get the loyal customers, they grow their businesses twice as fast, they get financial rewards, job security, and they go home feeling satisfied.
Do you exceed expectations?
Do you surprise people with more than they were expecting from you?
Do you have the opportunity – but also the personal initiative – to go the extra mile?
To be successful you must change your thinking. You can only win by making extra efforts. People who go the extra mile always get payback. You will discover yourself becoming more self-confident, more self-reliant and more influential with those around you.
People notice the special services and all the small touches that make dealing with you so pleasurable. And when they are talking to their friends they will mention you and recommend you because you are the one who stands out.
People will see that you pay attention to detail, that you consider all the small things that really make a business successful, that you care about your image, and that you belong with all the other people who work hard to achieve. You will attract new business and new opportunities.
Listen to any success story and you will hear of someone who worked exceptionally hard to get what they wanted.
You’ll hear how they put in the extra time, did what wasn’t part of their job description, and over-delivered on what was asked of them. You’ll hear how they stuck at it until they broke through, and usually you’ll hear how it only took them a couple of years to do it.
What have you been doing for the past couple of years? Think of what you could accomplish if you made it a habit to exceed everyone’s expectations. Image what doors could be open to you if you decided to be of better service and value.
How are you willing to go the extra mile? What kind of extra service are you willing to provide in order to stand out from the rest? What areas of your life could you be giving more of your effort and time, becoming more valuable, and improving your reputation?
Be willing to treat everyone like you’d treat your dearest friend. Don’t skimp on service. Don’t be mediocre or run of the mill. Show people what you are capable of. Show them that you care about your image and reputation.
When it comes to success, the people who are willing to go the extra mile get there that much faster!
© 2009 Jack Canfield You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com
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