Value-add and Success Is Yours

“Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

Life is about value-adding. To your own life, to your friends and family, to your work – and to the world.

There’s a common misconception out there, in this entitlement mentality-riddled world, that simply by showing up we are worthy of reward.

That’s actually not the case. The truth of the matter is that your worthiness of promotion or pay rises (or even in your ability to make a living) is not determined in the amount of time you spend with a company, what your previous experience is or who may have recommended you. It is determined in the value you bring to an organisation – both for the company and those surrounding you. Long-lasting and true wealth comes from being ‘invaluable’ in your chosen field.

If you don’t work on increasing your value consistently, you can bet that there is someone else more determined and more hungry to show their worth doing just that. The most successful and influential people in any given business field are the ones who know the only way to have long-lasting, continued success is to commit to constant, never-ending improvement – no matter how educated/experienced/successful they currently are.

So the big questions now raised from this information are: What does this mean for you as an entrepreneur? And how do we go about increasing our value to the marketplace?

Well, very simply, it means that you need to get to work on increasing your skillset. You need to commit to improving not only your ability to engage and connect with others but also your ability to positively affect their lives.

It also means you need to become an expert at your chosen field. Become the go-to person for people looking for advice, inspiration and motivation.

But how? To start:

  • Read and/or listen to a personal development teaching every single day.
  • Find a mentor in your chosen field to emulate and give you constructive feedback on your skills right now.
  • Ask the people around you for feedback on your current skillset – what can you improve on?
  • Stay relevant and be innovative! Times change and so does the type of value you need to bring. Is there a better way of doing things? Always be ready to change and improve.

Do these things and not only will you constantly be value-adding to your own life but you will be on track for continued, lasting success.