October 3, 2002
The only difference between ordinary achievement and extraordinary achievement is that little "extra". Ordinary people with ordinary backgrounds and from ordinary places can accomplish some truly extraordinary feats when they are willing to put in a little extra here and a little extra there.
The principal reason some people make it and some people don't can be traced back to whether or not they are willing to consistently go that extra mile and give that extra effort. Becoming extraordinary requires work. Most people are unwilling to commit the extra effort, focus and commitment needed to take them to the top. After all, they have discovered that it is a lot easier to be just ordinary.
A lot of people, who could have gone so much further and could have accomplished so much more, tragically settle for so much less out of life. It seems as though being average is OK for them. In fact, just plain old average seems to be OK for most folks.
What about you? Are you willing to settle for a just plain vanilla life or are you willing to demand a whole lot more? To what limits are you willing to push yourself to get to the top? And when you finally get there, what are you willing to do to sustain your success? I believe you are you ready, willing and able to give a little extra and bring out the best you have to offer.
Winners are easy to pick out in a crowd. Winners are ordinary people who consistently exhibit extraordinary determination and commitment. Whenever the going gets tough, winners can be counted on to give a little extra effort. They quickly zero in on what needs to done and then go about it with a little extra focus. They approach each task with a little extra enthusiasm. They are ready to take advantage of opportunities when they occur because they put a little extra into their preparation.
Isn't it amazing at what can be accomplished with a little extra here and a little extra there? Yes, it is amazing, but isn't all that surprising. A little here and a little there really adds up in a hurry. You will find that whenever you are willing to put a little extra in day in and day out, you'll get extra-ordinary results in return.
All it takes is a little extra here and a little extra there and a little extra everywhere. While others sit around and read history, you'll be making it. Extra, extra -- read all about it!
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