Extra mile

When you are in the Corporate world, one of the common things that you hear is that you HAVE to “walk the extra mile”. That is a good advice and there is no harm in following that. There is only one problem though. If you don’t design this well, your “extra mile” will be treated as a part of your “standard offering” and you are always forced to walk ANOTHER extra mile.

Meanwhile, walking these “extra miles” on the professional front is leaving you no time to work on yourself and you are constantly “a mile short” on the personal front.

If you want to walk the “extra mile” personally or professionally, you need “extra capacity” and you get that by working on yourself – not on tasks but just on lifting yourself up.

The more you shy away from “working on yourself”, the harder it will be to walk those “extra miles”

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6 thoughts on “Extra mile

  1. Shini says:

    How thoughtful! Walking the extra mile when it comes to one self is somehow very difficult. Whereas walking the extra mile professionally is lesser so, that is what I feel. Ironically, the former is about proving oneself in one’s own eyes and the latter is about proving oneself in so many other people’s eyes too!

  2. Veena says:

    Such a good one!
    Many a times, the measurement of this ‘extra mile’ varies so much.. one thinks he has already walked this extra mile twice but the manager still thinks he is 1/2 mile through…

    Also , can you pls throw some light on working on yourself thing? Is that something like giving some time for yourself or energising oneself by doing some Yoga, sports, reading, sleeping etc,?

  3. dharmabum says:

    keep walking, don’t count the miles i say 🙂

  4. Manu says:

    Well constant effort is fine, but how to maintain balance between the professional and personal front. By putting extra mile efforts on both ends, i do feel it’s quite challenging if not impossible.

    “There is only one problem though. If you don’t design this well, your “extra mile” will be treated as a part of your “standard offering” and you are always forced to walk ANOTHER extra mile.”

    From my experience i can say…it is quite true…

    Hi Gangadhar,
    howz things at your end…seems you are not so active on blogs these days

  5. Shankari says:

    hi Ganga

    Long time its been and I feel I have been walking all over the place. So for now its na thing for me as I wrote in my latest post. It was terrible to think that I would be doing nothing but guess what, its best therapy I have had in a long long time!

    Meanwhile cheers!

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