• Providing outcomes that represent the best efforts for the task at hand
  • Going the extra mile to deliver completed assignments to co-workers and customers
  • Refusing to be satisfied with incomplete or inferior work
I couldn’t help but smile when I read the second bullet point for this week’s GuideMark. “Going the extra mile” has a literal meaning for me because I’m a long-distance runner. I have not been running competitively since graduating college, but I still push myself to run at least three times a week – and that extra mile is so hard. 

On a typical day I clip my waist leash to my dog’s harness and am dragged down the trail towards a gaggle of geese and chittering squirrels. I spend about 15 minutes trying to convince myself to go past our normal turnaround point. Most days I succumb to my tired feet and aching lungs – even my dog knows where we usually turn around – but occasionally I refuse to be satisfied with “normal.”

And when I go past our normal turnaround point, when I go that extra mile, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride and accomplishment. I want to raise my fist like Rocky Balboa or dance like a football player who just made a touchdown. 

At Funds For Learning we understand how hard it is to go the extra mile, and that’s why we make it our standard. Obtaining funding for Internet service and network equipment is so important for schools and libraries that giving our clients incomplete or inferior work is simply not acceptable. We may not always feel like celebrating after going the extra mile to present our best work, because sometimes it requires working longer and harder, but the extra-mile effort is always worth it in the end.

Now that we’re in the middle of the 2019 Filing Window, you and I are most likely facing hurdles that make the extra mile feel even longer. More paperwork, board approvals, deadlines, “uh oh’s” and “oops’” can feel like a 25-mph headwind that fights every step we take to the finish line. Despite the hurdles I will keep pushing forward, I will refuse to be satisfied with “some effort,” and I know my team at FFL will do the same. 

So don’t be afraid to go that extra mile, I know you can do it. 

Key Words and Phrases

Excellence; Greatest degree of good; Maximum effort; Highest quality service; Do your best; Top performance; Finest; Complete, lacking in nothing.

Opposite Terms

Lacking; Incomplete; Unprepared; Shoddy.

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