August 14, 2002
It shouldn't surprise you that winners are just ordinary people who are always prepared to do a little extra. These top power performers are obsessed with doing their best and being their best at all times. Winners consistently exhibit extraordinary focus, extraordinary commitment and extraordinary determination in everything they do. It is that little "extra" that separates ordinary people from extraordinary achievers. This unfailing, absolute commitment to excellence separates the winners from the would-be winners, pretenders and also-rans of life.
Winners are always ready to do a little more than is expected. Winners are always willing to work a little longer whenever it is needed. Winners are always prepared to give it another shot should they initially fail or fall short. They unflinchingly believe in themselves and in their ability to get the job done. When you reach the point where you consistently devote a little extra effort, a little extra energy and a little extra focus to your daily activities and interactions with others, you are on the threshold of extraordinary achievement. The winner inside you will emerge and indelibly etch your name as a difference maker in the history books too the moment you choose to give a little extra of yourself - all of the time. That little extra has long been the difference between winning and losing in America.
It is difficult to think of our great country without also thinking about all of the phenomenal success stories that have evolved throughout our history. Winners have emerged from all walks of life, from every corner of the United States and from every background imaginable. Average folks, who have chosen to put their well above average courage, drive and determination to work for them, have written and rewritten the history books over and over again.
Winners have always been willing to give a little extra and so should you. Whenever you are feeling a bit fatigued, you must be willing to push yourself a little harder. When you feel as though you have reached the end of the road and can go no farther, you simply need to go a little farther. When you start believing that you have done your best and can do no more, you need to push yourself and find a way to do it a little bit better. When you are consistently willing to give a little extra here and a little extra there, you will be truly amazed how these little "extras" add up in a big time hurry.
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