Most people do the bare minimum and no more.
The term paper requires 5 pages. The new job requires you to be in at 8am. The exercise routine calls for three rounds of 12 reps.
Why do more? Save your energy, save your time, save your money.
The problem is, if you apply this approach to everything, you'll only ever get opportunities that are "the bare minimum".
To land that amazing new position working on special projects that just opened up, or that spacious, below-market room in a great neighborhood, or that smart, funny and gorgeous guy/gal, you've got to be willing to go above and beyond.
Investing an unusual amount of creativity, dedication, spunk or just plain hustle can often pay huge dividends.
But if that’s too hard, you could always just do the bare minimum and hope for the best…