Walk that extra mile
"And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two" (Mt. 5:41: the principle of extra mile) We may take this as a simple advice of charity. But this principle sums up in totality, all the basic attitudes for successful relationships.india Updated: Oct 29, 2010 00:50 IST
"And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two" (Mt. 5:41: the principle of extra mile) We may take this as a simple advice of charity. But this principle sums up in totality, all the basic attitudes for successful relationships. It's also the golden rule for success in every endeavour. The attitude of going an "extra mile" makes a difference in what we undertake. In business background, it's applied in better customer service and better employer-employee relationships.
Limiting ourselves to just match the basic requirement is fulfilling the responsibility. It may not originate from active interest. But all of us have a passion to become individuals of interest. The extra mile brings difference in the personality, making one, an individual with interesting character. That is an attitude of looking beyond the rules.
True leaders emerge by the practice and nurturing of this attitude. It may be sometimes reflected as common sense. It is going beyond the written conventions. In science and research, it leads to innovation and easily reachable solutions.
Role models have emerged from a person having this attitude. An example of this is seen in the life of Blessed Mother Mary as quoted in the Bible during the wedding at Cana. Sensing the difficulty at the wedding where the Mother and Jesus were invited and the wine ran short, Mary came forward for their help, going the "extra mile" with them in their journey. She requested her son Jesus, whom she believed can solve the problem. He turned water into wine — Jesus' first miracle in His public life — saving the family from embarrassment.
In today's rush towards success, cultivating this magic mantra of success may work "faster" than the conventional textbook management strategies.