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Do More than What You’re Told to Do

"All I ever do is the stuff other people tell me to do!"

There is an independent streak in many of us. We want to have control of our lives and make our own decisions, yet we see work as a place where someone else tells us what to do. No wonder many people are uninspired by this paradigm. If you are just starting out in your career, you may be looking at your workday and thinking, “All I ever do is the stuff other people tell me to do.”

The secret to gaining autonomy is not doing less – it is actually doing more!

How do you earn the autonomy in life to gain more control and make more of your own decisions? Do more than you are told to do.

Instead of waiting for someone to tell you to:

  • Clean up the mess after a meeting.

  • Create a new template for your team’s presentations.

  • Show others a shortcut you discovered.

  • Mentor a peer in an area they struggle with.

  • Find a problem that needs a solution and solve it.

If you spend day after day just following directions, you will not only be dissatisfied, you will also be just one of the herd of other workers.

If you do more than you are told to do; if you do those things on a regular basis; and if you make others better by doing them – three things will happen.

1. Each day you will grow personally and make a bigger impact on others.

2. You’ll be choosing to do the extra things that will show you to be a leader.

3. Your satisfaction will grow as your autonomy and sense of purpose grows.

Doing your Duty goes beyond your job description. It also involves your moral obligations to do more than what you're told. As you do more, you’ll have more impact, get more opportunities and achieve more autonomy. That is when that independent streak starts to get fulfilled. That is also when you take an important step in becoming a Leader of Character.


  • How can you separate yourself from the herd?

  • How does doing more give you more autonomy and purpose?


“Would you follow you?” That is a critical question we all need to ask ourselves if we want to become Leaders of Character. Research has proven that people want to follow character. But where is your character today?

Here is a quick assessment that will take you 5 minutes to figure it out. Nobody will ever see your results but you.

Warning: If you are not going to be honest with yourself this is a worthless assessment.

To take the assessment use the QR code above or go to

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