Commit to the idea, which I’ll share with you today, and essentially write your own ticket in life. I believe, wholeheartedly, that one of the most common stumbling blocks for people is their habit of doing the bare minimum.
You see, no one is ingrained to over-deliver, to come early and leave last, without demanding immediate compensation, to check, double-check and triple-check, without anyone telling them to do so, to go out of his way, sacrificing their own time for the good of the project they’re is working on. But, if you can be the one in a thousand, who can strengthen the muscle of going the extra mile, you’ll be rewarded for your enormous effort.
One of the easiest ways to go the extra mile, in your place of employment or in your business, is to LISTEN. There’s a no simpler way to know what bothers others, from your loved ones to your client or your boss, than to tune in to their problems.
When you can focus your energy on solving somebody else’s challenges, even without being asked to do so, you’ll promote yourself faster than any slick negotiation maneuvering you were cooking up for your next conversation with the boss about why you deserve it.
Let your actions do all of the talking – be ten times more alert to your environment, and solve issues in a productive manner, not a servile one.
When your employer or anyone else in your life, for that matter, sees that you’ve outgrown your current status, they will immediately open the door for you to enter the next level.
Nothing is missing in today’s business world or social life more than the person, who shows true interest in the person standing right in front of him.
The world is glued to the Smartphone, so be the one, who isn’t. You’ll gain the favorable attention of others, and they’ll be drawn to you.
Your end goal is to reach the level of indispensability – that’s the highest stage in business.
Remember this, because if you set your sights on becoming indispensible, it will take you less than 12 months, which means that by February 2019, you’ll be able to command higher wages or leave for a better job.
No person, committed to self-improvement, ever stays put. The key is to understand that others don’t notice change right away in you, so your focus should never be on immediate gratification, but on cumulative benefits, stacked up over time.
It can take a long time to hit your breakthrough, but you once you do, the ladder for rapid advancement is put in place. A friend of mine was a junior assistant basketball coach for 6 years, watching endless footage from the NBA, attempting to bring it to Europe. The head coach became sick one day and he had the responsibility of leading the team. They were 13-year olds, and he taught them 2 simple drills he picked up from NBA championship teams. They won, thanks to them.
Little did he know that in the crowd was sitting a parent, who was a major sponsor to a Chinese basketball team, who noticed him and made him a $400,000 proposition (he was earning $35,000 until then).
Listen, in 10 years, the difference between where you are now and where you’ll be depends mostly on how much you’re willing to sacrifice and bend over backwards to find ways to solve problems and stay prepared to seize on opportunities.
Countless assistant coaches do little more than tell jokes in practice, but my friend was always ready.
I remember, at the age of 16, becoming a pizza delivery boy on a motorcycle. With 6 others delivery boys with me on every shift, I wanted to become more valuable than them, so between deliveries, I would fix the supplies in the storage room. Then, I began requesting to answer the phone and fielding orders. My phone sales, as it turns out, were larger than those of the usual people taking them.
This ability, to sell bigger orders, landed me a 30% raise, and then I started pitching promotional ideas to the owners, which was impressive to them.
Not long after, I wanted to quit and move on. My boss raised my pay by another 30% to keep me on.
Commit to doing much more than what you’re paid for and sooner or later, you’ll be compensated with interest on all the initial effort.