Lesson 9 – The Habit Of Doing More Than Paid For

  • There is work we do not like, work we like moderately and, under certain conditions, work we actually love


  • Endurance at work depends largely on the extend on which one likes, dislikes or loves what he is doing
    • If you love your work you can labour for a long period of time without becoming fatigued
    • Work you dislike will bring fatigue very quickly


  • The same goes for the quality of your work
    • You will be more efficient and more likely to succeed when engaged in work you love
    • When you do what you love it is no hardship to do more work than what you are paid for
    • You owe it to yourself to find the sort of work you like best!


Obstacles When Engaging in the Work One Loves Best

  • Doing what you love doesn’t always get you support from your closest friends or family
    • It may take a great amount of energy to combat the negative suggestions from friends and relatives
    • You should prepare yourself for conversations with those close to you and be honest about your plans
    • While you may not wish to hurt those around you, this is your life – don’t let other people stand in the way of your happiness


  • Often the work you love doesn’t bring the greatest remuneration at the start
    • Offsetting this is the fact that you will find the greatest of all rewards, happiness!
    • Usually the money earned over a long period of time as well as the work performed out of passion is much greater in quantity and quality than the work performed solely for money
    •  the work you do without getting paid or even without hopes of ever getting paid will open opportunities later in life
      • Napoleon Hill spent years collecting data and transforming it into The Law of Success while collecting debt and facing huge opposition from friends and family


Reasons for Adopting the Habit of Doing More Than Paid For

  • By establishing a reputation as being a person who always renders more service and better service than that for which you are paid, you will benefit by comparison with those around you who do not render such service
    • You will become so adept in your work that you can command greater remuneration than those who do not perform such service
    • By separating yourself from the majority of people who do as little work as they can get away with you practically ensure yourself safety of employment


  • The most important reason is the fact that you will gain experience and strength of character that is invaluable for any work you wish to pursue in the future


  • The principle of doing more also applies to employers
    • When you pay better wages or offer better conditions than your competitors you automatically attract a better workforce
    • Happy employees are good employees!



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