In 1908, Napoleon Hill was retained by Andrew Carnegie to interview the most famous and successful men at that time, throughout the world. For the next two years, that’s what he did. Those in the U.S. included Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, George Eastman, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Charles M. Schwab, F.W. Woolworth, William Wrigley Jr., and Theodore Roosevelt.
Hill later published the results (“Philosophy of Achievement”) with Carnegie in 1928 as a study course called The Law of Success. It remains in print as one of the most popular books ever written, best known now as Think and Grow Rich (first published in 1937).
After Hill completed his research, he met with Carnegie to provide a report on what he had learned. More specifically, his sponsor wanted to know what all the great business leaders throughout the world shared in common. Hill’s reply? “They all walk the extra mile.”
I have accumulated hundreds of stories about people who not only did that but defined themselves by a worth ethic based on that simple principle. What do they share in common?
1. They don’t wait to asked to take on an unpleasant task. They volunteer.
2. They seize every opportunity to “go the extra mile” (e.g. coming in early, staying late, working holidays and/or weekends when there’s a crisis).
3. They consider it a privilege to help solve problems, especially problems that customers have.
4. They don’t have all the answers but know where to find them.
5. And it should be added, they are invariably ladies and gentlemen with impeccable manners who focus on doing what is right and doing it right.
They could not care less about credit, praise, recognition, etc. In fact, they appreciate it but it makes them somewhat uncomfortable.
Would you like to work with folks like these?
Have them as neighbors?
Have them teach and coach your children?
Represent you in government?
Serve in our military services?
Monday, February 28, 2011 Posted by Bob Morris | Bob's blog entries | Alexander Graham Bell, Andrew Carnegie, “Philosophy of Achievement”, Charles M. Schwab, F.W. Woolworth, George Eastman, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., The Law of Success, Theodore Roosevelt, Think and Grow Rich, Thomas Edison, Want to succeed? Go the extra mile. Napoleon Hill, William Wrigley Jr. | Leave a comment
Acuity – Redefining Sales Cultures
Tom Niesen and his team, through Acuity Systems and Sandler Training, are ready to help you improve your sales process and increase revenue throughout 2015. Just click here to visit their website – and then, let Acuity help you improve your sales effectiveness in 2015.
Acuity Upcoming Events — Serious Training for the Serious Sales Professional
(Both events will be held in Dallas, at the Acuity Headquarters)
• Mission: Sales Boot Camp
$2,500 per person
• Sales Management Boot Camp
$1,295 per person
(Click here for information about this terrific opportunity)
And, meet our April, 2015 Sponsor
Tom Meyer, Dallas-based Certified Gazelles coach, invites you to an April 29 Scaling-Up Business Workshop at Bent Tree Country Club, designed to help leaders of companies and organizations make four key decisions about People, Strategy, Cash Flow, and Execution. Click here for more information about this workshop designed to help your business “scale up!”
And, Tom will offer a quick-look workshop on a few of the principles found in Scaling Up, the book by Verne Harnish, with special emphasis on the Personal One-Page Plan (a valuable take-away for all participants). Tom’s bonus session will be from 8:30-9:30, immediately following our regular session. The $15 cost for the bonus program includes a copy of the book.
Reading the handout, listening to the recording – it was “…like Power-Reading a Business Book”
- First Friday Book Synopsis in DallasApril 3rd, 20158 days to go.
- David Allen's Next Actions; Csikszentmihalyi's Clear Goals - Do You Know What to Do Next?: wp.me/pmm68-9EU 4 hours ago
- Are You Actually Doing Work? Or, Just Signaling that Work is Being Done,without Actually Doing the Work?-Peter Thiel: wp.me/pmm68-9nH 4 hours ago
- A Bothersome Thought - You Can Be The Best, and Still Be At Great Risk: wp.me/pmm68-9oo 4 hours ago
- David McCullough has a new book on The Wright Brothers scheduled for a May 15 release. Read my blog post: ffbsccn.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/can… 10 hours ago
- Get ready for the next Jack Welch epistle. It releases on April 15. My blog post about that is here: ffbsccn.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/ano… 2 days ago
- I don't want another SMU - UConn game on Sunday. Too dangerous with momentum and a partisan crowd. Go Tulsa! 1 week ago
- Yet another book about the Yalta Conference came out tbis week. It's by Susan Butler published by Knopf. 1 week ago
- If you like manufacturing in America, you will like this book by Dan DiMicco. Read my blog post here: ffbsccn.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/let… 2 weeks ago
- Kara Penn: An interview by Bob Morris bobmorris.biz/kara-penn-an-i… 15 hours ago
- The High-Speed Company: A book review by Bob Morris bobmorris.biz/the-high-speed… 15 hours ago
- Dorothy Leonard on “How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge” bobmorris.biz/dorothy-leonar… 15 hours ago
Recent visitor count
- 901,072 visits
Site created and maintained by Dallas website design company bigDwebsitedesign.com
- David Allen’s Next Actions; Csikszentmihalyi’s Clear Goals – Do You Know What to Do Next?
- Can’t Wait for McCullough’s Next Book About The Wright Brothers
- Annual Physicals, Vital Signs… for Your “Personal” Life, and for Your Organization
- A Brief Blog Milestone Update
- Bernhard Schroeder: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris
- Maybe Violence Has a Future? Read This Book Before You Decide