By: Bernard Light
THE EXTRA MILE: THE PATH TO DISTINCTION – Ezra and Thomas joined a company together a few months after their graduation from university.
After a few years of work, their Manager promoted Ezra to a position of Senior Sales Manager, but Thomas remained in his entry-level Junior Sales Officer position.
Thomas developed a sense of jealousy and exhibit disgruntled elements but continued working anyway.
One day Thomas felt that he could not work with Ezra anymore. He wrote his resignation letter, but before he submitted it to the Manager, he complained that Management did not value hard-working staff, but promoted only the favoured!
The Manager knew that Ezra worked very hard for the years he had spent at the company; even harder than Thomas and therefore he deserved the promotion. So to help Thomas realize this, the Manager gave Thomas a task.
“Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?”
Thomas returned and said, “yes there is someone!”
The Manager asked, “how much per kg?” Thomas drove back to town to ask and then returned to tell the Manager; “they are N100.00 per kg!”
The Manager told Thomas, “I will give Ezra the same task that I gave you. Please pay close attention to his response!”
So the Manager said to Ezra, in the presence of Thomas; “Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?”
THE EXTRA MILE: THE PATH TO DISTINCTION
Ezra went to find out and on his return he said:
“Manager, there is only one person selling water melons in the whole town. The cost is N500.00 each water melon and N300,00 for a half melon. He sells them at N100.00 per kg when sliced. He has in his stock 93 melons, each one weighing about 7kg.
He has a farm and can supply us with melons for the next 4 months at a rate of 102 melons per day at N350.00 per melon; this includes delivery.
The melons appear fresh and red with good quality, and they taste better than the ones we sold last year.
He has his own slicing machine and is willing to slice for us free of charge. We need to strike a deal with him before 10am tomorrow and we will be sure of beating last year’s profits in melons by over N2,300,000.00.
This will contribute positively to our overall performance as it will add a minimum of 8.78% to our current overall sales target.
I have put this information down in writing and is available on spreadsheet. Please let me know if you need it as I can send it to you in fifteen minutes.”
Thomas was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Ezra. He decided not to resign but to learn from Ezra.
As we elude this year, let this story help us keep in mind the importance of going an Extra Mile in all we do and in our endeavors.
You won’t be rewarded for doing what you’re meant to do, you only get a salary for that! YOU’RE ONLY REWARDED FOR GOING AN EXTRA MILE; Performing Beyond Expectations.
To be Successful in Life, you must be Observant, Proactive and Willing to Do More, Think More, Have a More Holistic Perspective and Go Beyond The Call Of Duty.
May you be Blessed with a Better Perspective to do Your Work this year and beyond, Amen
The Life ahead Needs This Mentality Of Going An Extra Mile in Ministry and career, as Husbands, Mothers, Children, etc..
Let’s learn to carry extra oil like the five wise Virgins. So that even in sudden situations and circumstances, we can meet up. Don’t be like the five foolish Virgins who are just about normal situations and circumstances. “Life is more than normalities.”
And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water , and drew for all his camels.
 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.
Rebecca went Extra Mile and was Favoured. God will give you insight into what no man has discovered in your generation in Jesus name….. Amen
THE EXTRA MILE: THE PATH TO DISTINCTION