Napoleon Hill’s The Law of Success in Fifteen Lesson revisits the habit of doing more than paid for, which was first introduced in “Think and Grow Rich”. When I first read about this concept I saw it in a totally different light. When I write my blog articles I always let them sit for a day or so. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason I always revised it to reflect my feelings at that moment. It should be no big surprise that as I read an article that I wrote on this same topic back in June, 2009 I am feeling differently about it. The act doing more than is ask is the key to sending the right vibe out into the Universe. If you send out positive vibes, then you would receive positive vibes in return.
It is like you are building a favor chest that will overflow the more you do thing without expecting something in return. It is not only about doing more than is expected of you, but doing it without waiting for something in return. Napoleon Hill has a way of getting to the crux of the matter without hesitation. For example, I was listening to my daily morning show the other day and Steve Harvey was using the example of a neighbor borrowing sugar to get his point across. A new neighbor comes on day one to ask for a bowl of sugar, you would probably give it to him the sugar without hesitation. The neighbor leave without a simple thank you. The neighbor comes day two and the same thing happens, no thank you again. How do you react on day three when the neighbor appears at your door?
If you are in the habit of doing more than you are paid you would give the neighbor the sugar. If you are like the average person in the world, you might give the sugar but not without a barrage of choice words. There is no wrong way to respond to this attitude of ingratitude. The question is when do you stop being taken advantage of. When I managed restaurants back in the early part of my career, I learned a few critical lessons. You always will encounter people who want something for nothing. It is how you react to these “freeloaders” that matters. If you assume that everyone is like that then you will become jaded. You will look at every customer complaint as someone looking for a free meal. I treated each situation on a case by case basis, because I realized that these “freeloaders” only accounted for a small percentage of our business. I was in the habit of doing more than you are paid, so my decision was easy.
P.S. There are some crucial character traits that you need to succeed and they are initiative and leadership. Napoleon gets very deep into this subject in Law of Success in Fifteen Lesson. Read my thoughts on this topic here