*Kola, Wale & the value of the Extra*
Kola and Wale joined a wholesale company together just after graduating from university. Both worked very hard.
After some years, the boss promoted Wale to Senior Sales Executive but Kola remained a Sales Executive.
One day Kola could not take it anymore. He tendered his resignation to the boss and complained that the boss did not value hard working staff, but only promoted those who flattered him.
The boss knew that Kola worked very hard for the years he’d spent at the company, but in order to help Kola realize the difference between him and Wale, the boss set Kola a task.
“Go and find out if anyone is selling water melon in the market?”
Kola returned and said yes there is someone.
The boss asked how much per kg? Kola went back to the market to ask and returned to inform boss the N38per kg.
The Boss told Kola, I will ask Wale the same question, pay close attention to his response.
Wale went, returned and said: Boss, there is only one person selling water melon. The cost is N50 per slice of melon and
N550 for a whole melon at wholesale. He has an inventory of 37 melons with each one weighing about 15 kg. He says he gets new consignments every other day. They appear fresh and red with good quality. On the table, there were 3 whole melons and about 6 remaining slices of a fourth melon. The rest are in His shop, ready to be sliced or shipped, whichever the need is. I’ve put this information down in writing and can have it converted to a spreadsheet and sent to you in fifteen minutes if you want.
Kola was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Wale. He decided not to resign but to learn from Wale.
As we go on from now, let this illustration help us keep in mind the importance of the extra mile in our endeavors.
You won’t be rewarded for doing what you’re meant to do, what you’re asked to do (you only get a salary for that). You’re only rewarded for going the extra mile, performing beyond expectations.
To be successful, you must be observant, proactive and willing to do more. Think more, have a more holistic perspective and go beyond the call of duty.