When you look at people who are at the top of their field, you will discover that they all have one thing in common. It really doesn’t matter what field they are in, they all do one, specific thing on a consistent basis. Can you guess what that is?
They are all creating value for others, and in doing so; they also create success for themselves. This doesn’t happen by accident, it is 100% intentional. Creating value for others is an extremely powerful success strategy for several reasons. Let’s examine some of those reasons and consider a few examples.
Increase your own value
When you are creating value for others, you become more valuable to them. Think about this in regard to your own life. Every single person who is important to you is creating value for you on some level. The closer your relationship with them, the greater their contribution to your life.
What kind of contribution? Personal relationships are prioritized according to their emotional value. In some important way, having that person in your life is creating value because they make you feel better about yourself. In business relationships, the value is generally measured by its effect on your bottom line.
A quantum shift
When we focus on creating value for other people, it completely shifts our perspective. We will naturally start to move away from selfish motives as we increasingly consider the welfare of others. This causes our own happiness and success to become a byproduct of our efforts to contribute to the happiness and success of others.
The more we focus on contributing in a worthwhile way to other people’s lives, the more our own happiness becomes bound up with theirs. This kind of community consciousness elevates our existence to a much higher level. Creating value for others expands our world, while selfishness shrinks it.
As our world expands, we become exposed to greater opportunities. As we act on those opportunities, they will be creating value in our lives. It’s a total win-win situation.
How can we apply this in our personal lives right now?
Start with your closest relationships. Look for ways to contribute to the lives of those around you. What can you do for your wife, husband, children, or friends to help them feel better about themselves? How can you bring a smile to their face, or a warm feeling to their hearts?
As you take steps to contribute to their lives, notice how it makes you feel about yourself. You will soon notice a resulting increase in your personal sense of joy and satisfaction. In some way, by creating value for those you care about you will also be creating value for yourself and your relationships with those people.
What about in business?
If you are an employee, find ways to become more valuable to your employer. Creating value at work adds to your employers bottom line, and his appreciation may add to yours. If you are an entrepreneur, look for ways of creating value for those in your tribe and those that you do business with.
For example, there are hundreds of articles on this site for the express purpose of creating value for my readers. If anything you read helps you on any level, then I will have created value for you. What’s in it for me? Well, first and foremost, I want your life to be awesome. Additionally, most of my coaching clients and those who buy my home study course do so because they have gotten value from reading my articles.
First things first
The point is, focus on creating value first and don’t worry about how it is going to come back to you. Creating value is not bartering; we are not looking to make an even trade. It is more like making a deposit into the community human growth account. We all make deposits and we all extract benefits. We never know exactly how or when that is going to happen.
One thing we do know, if you make enough deposits you can eventually live on the interest, and that’s a beautiful thing. If you feel like it, please leave a comment and let me know whether or not you benefited from this article. Your comments are one way in which you can create value for me and other readers. Right here is a perfect opportunity for you to make a deposit in that community human growth account.
How are you creating value for others?
How does creating value make you feel?
The lines are open!