I posted this in November 2010, but it is worth repeating:
Do More Than What Is Expected of You. Nothing truly great is achieved through moderation. The pyramids, Great Wall of China, and Tropicana Stadium (in St. Petersburg, FL) were not built by people with small dreams. In much of today’s workplace, the employee works just enough to keep from getting fired, and the boss pays just enough to keep the employee from quitting. Always give the people you deal with more than they ask for. Don’t do minimums.