This is a great follow-on to yesterday’s post - Jack Boland is someone whom Anne has talked about frequently in her lessons. So take note of what he says about going the extra mile!
By Jack Boland
Andrew Carnegie once told Napoleon Hill that the greatest day of his life was that day on which he discovered how much space he could occupy, how much good will he could command by the simple means of rendering more service and better service than he was expected to give. It changed his life. Every time you go the extra mile, said Mr. Carnegie, you place someone under obligation to you, the sort of obligation which must and will be repaid willingly from one source or another. I hope you heard me, the very depth of your being. Do no hold yourself back any longer. Whatever it is that you’re doing that is constructive, that is creative, go the extra mile. Don’t just go the extra mile, go the second mile. Do it with all of the energy, with all of the power, with all of the love, with all of the commitment that is in your being. Do it, be it. Share yourself.
Napoleon Hill said, and I agree, I have never enjoyed a major favorable break which I did not create for myself by going the extra mile. It’s true. You want the breaks that life has to offer you, you’re not gonna find them sitting in the corner, sucking your emotional thumb, waiting for someone to come and discover you there. The corner is not the place to be discovered. Right out where the action is, out front, up front, being the leader, the one who is the most alive, the most excited, the most committed, to be of maximum service to God as they understand and to the people around them, the ones who do not quit, the ones who get there first and leave last. Show me a person who has to look at their job description to know what it is they’re supposed to do, and I’ll show you a failure. Show me someone that is concerned about the clock, and I’ll show you someone that will never reach the top.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, men suffer all their lives long under the foolish superstition that the can be cheated. But it’s impossible for a person to be cheated by anyone but himself. As for a thing to be and not to be at the same time, there’s a third silent party to all our bargains. Infinite intelligence is the third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things it takes on itself, the guarantee of the fulfillment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more, put God in your debt.
Jack Boland was a minister who believed in and practiced the 17 Success Principles as research by Dr. Hill. He utilized many of Hill’s findings in his lectures to his congregation.