Do You Understand The True Value You Provide To Others?
Your value, in large part, is made up of your skill, experience, time, work ethic, and quality, among other things. It is what you can deliver, what you can be, and what you can provide to make any situation, person, or experience better, whether inside or outside of the workplace.
Value is also the measure by which we might be perceived. It provides the answer to the question What is it a person can provide to make something better? It is what we provide to others, and vice versa. In those exchanges value can be provided through guidance, help, and support as well as enhancement, betterment, and success.
It can serve as a currency, demonstrating worth or reputation, and some people have or provide more value than others.
“…Everyone has a different perception of what value is…”
It can also work like a stock–the more impressive, rare, and undeniable, the more value it is assessed.
Everyone has a different perception of what value is. To some it can be intangible while to others it is something that can (or needs to) be felt.
In this instance, the example of value is intangible. It is one of character. It is the measure of value that answers the more specific question some may ask about us as the value provider: What can this person provide which can make me better?
This question isn’t one that points toward siphoning off value from another person for selfish reasons. Instead, it is a question that ensures that one keeps growing, developing, and evolving.
“No one will know your value if you, yourself, don’t see it, understand it, or trust it.”
Overall, and at the most general level, three types of people exist when it comes to value:
- Those Who Seek Value…These are the people that seek to make all things with which they are involved better as well as get better themselves. They never waste an opportunity to improve the quality of life around them, no matter where they might be.
- Those Who Just Are…These are the people who roll with the punches. Life, for them, isn’t about proactively or necessarily giving or taking value. They go about their lives or career without a thought focused on the metaphorical currency of value. They might provide value but it is not a active exercise or approach.
- Those Who Take Value…These are the people that seek only to make themselves better. Their ultimate goal might not be to provide value and benefit others or the group.
These are the three major positions that exist with varying levels existing between them. So for instance, for every person who might deliver the same level and type of value no matter what situation it may be in which they find themselves, another person might shift from one type to the next depending on the situation at hand.
It’s important for one to be able to assess with whom they are dealing. It is important to make sure that one can reconcile their own goals with their surroundings. In order to improve, it is important to seek out those who also aim to provide their best value.
The goal is to always provide value without limiting or taking that of others.
No one will know your value if you, yourself, don’t see it, understand it, or trust it.
- Do you know your true value? Have you talked it through with a confidant or mentor for feedback?
- How have you been able to provide your best value to-date?
- What are your plans to continue refining and providing your value?