Here’s the line from internationally famous, now the late business guru, Peter Drucker:
“It is the willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate.” Peter Drucker.
When I was young, this was a very long time ago, a phrase that was in use at the time was based on the quantity of product delivered by bakers. A Baker’s Dozen was the addition of a 13th Donut. The bakers gave a little more than expected. Of course over time the 13th donut became expected, therefore a right, and that practice has all but disappeared.
The knowledge and use of the Principle of 13 is still in the minds of people who want to get ahead. Earl Nightingale pushed the principle with his oft repeated “To reach my goal, I will give the best service of which I am capable. I will not settle for ‘good enough.’”
An entire generation has seemingly abandoned such practices and expect to reach the top of whatever mountain via the avenue of entitlement. The mental exercise of “I am entitled because I am human,” has permeated the fabric of modern thought in all of Christendom.
This is good because it opens a much broader path to success for all who are willing to put the Principle of 13 to work in their efforts.
The Principle of 13 is therapeutic to owners and workers in any business as it involves doing more than is expected, thus there is no looking over your shoulder, afraid slacking off is about to catch up with you!
As an old guy I often counsel, at their request, younger men and women in my line of work. Another gem from Dale Flynn gives insight to my counseling. Note:
“When people are made to feel secure, important and appreciated, it will no longer be necessary for them to whittle down others in order to seem bigger by comparison.”
Millions of dollars and words are invested in attempts to help people feel good about themselves. It’s a good idea. A better idea is for people to learn and practice the Principle of 13, doing more and better quality than is expected, thus being your own motivator!
Jesus said: "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” Mt 5:41.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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