The Habit of Doing More Than Paid For
A man is most efficient and will more quickly and easily succeed when engaged in work that he loves, or work that he performs in behalf of some person whom he loves. This is because reward for the labor which is performed in the spirit of love is usually greater in quantity and finer in quality than that which is performed solely for money. Your first assignment as you chose a field of endeavor therefore is to find the work you love. When you find this work, the second assignment of forming the habit of doing more than paid for becomes fun to adopt. Searching for Spirituality
Bear in mind that the best and quickest way to succeed in life is to help others succeed. You cannot help others succeed if you are fond of measuring the work that you do for them against what you are paid to do the work. As captured by Emerson in his essay on the Law of Compensation, “Men suffer all their life long, under the stupid superstition that they can be cheated. But it is as impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself, as for one thing to be and not to be at the same time. There is always a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guarantee of fulfillment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss.” Searching for Spirituality
Serving others offers us great opportunity to develop the strength that we need to carry our own future success. Doing more that paid for is exploiting this opportunity to the fullest. Steel will carry more weight than iron, but iron has to first go through fire so all its impurities can melt away before it can become steel. The strongest tree in the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun but the one that stands in the open, where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rain and the scorching sun. “Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed, for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end pre-exists in the means, and the fruit in the seed.”
We are fine builders of “alibis” and creators of “excuses” in support of our short comings. We are not seeking facts and truths as they are, but as we wish them to be. We prefer honeyed words of flattery to those of cold unbiased truth. This is the weak sport of man that you must be constantly conscious of. “Even if you have an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is delayed the better for you for compound interest upon compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchanger” Searching for Spirituality
It is an established truth that those who render more services and better services than they are paid to do sooner or later receive pay for much more than they actually do.