Ordinary people, however rich or poor they are, are competitive. Genuinely extraordinary people are creative, very creative, extremely creative. With that, I begin this article. Creation of anything great depends on an extraordinary effort, but never on a competitive fantasy of “getting there first” or “being the winner at the top of the heap.” I mean, think about this fact for a moment. Some of the most creative people started out “behind” and ended up genuinely ahead because of this fact.
So, life is as ordinary or extraordinary as we make it. Sort of like how Napoleon Hill mentioned about “going the extra mile” in efforts, business and life. I mean, if you just do what you are paid to do, you will usually not get any extra or better in any way.
So, that brings me to a point: The extra mile depends on voluntary creativity, not doing just what needs to be done to get paid. To put it another way, everybody is due, but when some go beyond their “due”, that is when riches and extraordinary things happen. Creating value beyond what you are paid that does create the real riches is where it is at, all else below that is just normal or standard.
So, another concept here: The “go-giver” is always better than the “go-getter.” Hard work to earn your pay is one thing, but creating service and greatness is as beyond that as God-consciousness is beyond normal consciousness. I know, that is quite a comparison, but I wanted to garner your attention and understanding as we wind up this article. Productiveness is powerful, but being infinitely valuable beyond productivity makes you invincible. For, a genuine waste of time is just to “get paid” without powerful thought of service, a genuine good use of time is service with the best purposes.
I read the Elbert Hubbard essay, “A Message To Garcia” a lot when I need this understanding myself also or think of the essay when I need the pure motivation to act with that pure alacrity of motive that does work to make one extraordinary. So, I end by repeating the words with a gender unspecific rendering of the beginning of the essay: “If you are going to work for a person, by God work for them.” Those words in the perfect context are wise words, and the purest words there are in the reality of the extraordinary, they are genuine game changers and motivators that work to motivate, and spur achievement themselves. Otherwise, the realm of the normal is inevitable.
My name is Joshua Clayton, I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California. I also write under a few pen-names and aliases, but Joshua Clayton is my real name, and I write by that for the most part now. I am a philosophical writer and objective thinker and honest action taker. I also work at a senior center in Gardena, California as my day job, among other things, but primarily I am a writer.