Going The Extra Mile by Rita Smith, a Dale Carnegie Trainer
Going The Extra Mile is one of The Big 4 of Napoleon Hill's 17 Success Principles as identified in the PMA Science of Success course.
One of the subcribers to my newsletter and email updates is Rita Smith. The Thank You email I send to subscribers asks them to share with me their stories of the Success Principles in their lives. Rita Smith shared her story with me and I was so impressed I wanted to share it. I was particularly touched by the picture she sent of her son's copy of Think and Grow Rich, complete with duct tape holding it together, pictured above.
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I am a Dale Carnegie instructor in Toronto. I took the Napoleon Hill course by correspondence more than 20 years ago, and it was the best thing I ever did. I have run my own Communications business for 27 years and I have no doubt that the Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) course set me on the path to success. I raised my kids as a single mother and many, many days we had were not easy ones.
When each of my three kids graduated from high school, on their way to university, I gave them three books as graduation presents: Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill); How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie); and the Power of Positive Thinking (Norman Vincent Peale). All of my kids are working very hard and doing well - my oldest son is a Captain in Canada's Infantry; my daughter is in her 4th year of university studying to be a Kinesiologist and works selling hockey equipment.
My second son, Tom, was cross country skiing with me when he was about 14 years old when he asked me, "Mom, how did you get to be so successful?" "Oh, because I have never been afraid to go the Extra Mile," I answered automatically. "Napoleon Hill says if you go a mile, you'll get paid for a mile; but if you go an extra mile, that mile will be worth more than all of the other work that came before."
I could see him thinking hard about these words. After a moment he asked about two very hard working uncles: “Uncle Pete and Uncle Paul go the Extra Mile, too, don’t they?” “Yes, they certainly do,” I agreed. Tom thought a little longer. “They go the Extra Mile at home, as well as at work, don’t they?” “Yes, that’s true, they sure do.” I was delighted to see him picking up the concept so quickly; I could only hope that he would put it into practice.
Tom graduated from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto with Distinction in both Business and Commerce. He worked full time at Chapters/Indigo and paid his own way through school. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Economics at Oxford University in London, and got a job with a major financial institution just as the recession/collapse in 2008 began, when many of his friends in the financial sector were unemployed or being laid off. He studied and passed all three exams to become a Chartered Financial Analyst in three years (the shortest time possible) while he worked full time. Who knows what he will do next? Time will tell. I am guessing it will be huge. He ran for Parliament in Ontario when he was only 18 years old - he did not win but everyone who heard him speak predicted he would be back as Finance Minister one day!
Here in my home there are probably 5 or 6 copies of "Think and Grow Rich" (print versions, audio versions, plus the PMA textbook set) but my favourite copy is Tom’s copy. It is beyond dog-eared; in fact, it is held together with duct tape. When he packed to move to England I grabbed this little memento of his determination, and I cling to it still. It sits on my bedroom shelf, and every time I see it I am reminded of that conversation about "Going the Extra Mile," and how proud I am of all my kids.