No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction. Charles Francis Adams, Sr. (August 18, 1807 – November 21, 1886), grandson of President John Adams and Abigail Adams.
Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them! Og Mandino, inspirational writer and author of The Greatest Salesman in the World which sold over 50 million copies and was translated into over 25 different languages.
I was in Whole Foods Supermarket in La Jolla the other day looking for a case of beer for my father who is on a strict low-sodium diet and who also has to watch his alcohol intake. As many of you know Whole Foods is a supermarket chain specializing in health foods and organic products (organic beer?). Well as I was gazing at the gigantic array of beers, a sales clerk walked by and asked if I needed any help. I gladly accepted his kind offer and explained my predicament: was there a non-alcoholic beer which contained no sodium? He started looking with me picking up a few bottles and studying the nutritional contents but couldn’t find any mention of “sodium content” anywhere. I started thanking him profusely for spending so much time with me almost embarrassed that we couldn’t find the information that I needed. As I was about to walk away, he grabbed my arm and told me to wait a second. He went behind his cheese counter and seized his cell phone. He walked towards me again all the time tapping on the digital keyboard to find out if the non-alcoholic beer that Whole Foods carried, O’Doul’s, contained sodium. When he finally found the page, he triumphantly showed me his tiny screen where all the nutrition facts were clearly displayed: sodium content: O milligrams…hourrah! I felt like hugging him but not wanting to be appear too forward I contented myself with shaking his hand and giving him the biggest smile I could muster.