"The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others the more he has of his own." Lao Tzu
How do you become successful in your professional and personal life? You may find it odd on the surface but the way to maximize success in your own life is to provide maximum value to the lives of those around you. Lets explore how this is done and hopefully you can gain some value from it!
In business the only way to increase your bottom line is by supplying a product or service that provides a value to the market place. Hell simple enough, you're not going to be successful if all you have is a cash register! Even the government must supply value in the form of roads, schools, a sense of safety and order. That's the only way they can justify having that FICA bitches hand in your paycheck.
In order to even get a job you must demonstrate to the interviewer what value you can add to their organization. You can not just show up and say, "Well I'm really good at cashing paychecks!" That won't work I've tried.
Once on the job, the best way to grow and prosper is by providing as much value as you can. You do that by having awesome ideas, strong work ethic, sound council and a positive attitude. If you are able to add value to your boss then he or she will reward your efforts by adding more responsibility and ultimately more money to your bank account. All too often people expect to receive a pay raise while they continually offer no added value their company. Don't be THAT GUY. Work hard make your boss look good and watch your value soar!
Did you know that on average friendly people have more friends? :) Its true! Think of someone in your world who has poured time, attention, and love into your life. All while expecting nothing in return. Do you see that person? What emotions does the mere thought of this awesome person evoke? If your anything like me, its a strong desire to move mountains for them. Its human nature to reciprocate the emotions that people make us feel. So leverage that nature by just unabashedly pouring into people. The trick here is truly not expecting anything in return. People can sense when something is up, so you must be authentic in your generosity. Only then you can reap the benefits of what you sow.
Another benefit in adding value to others is it reduces sadness and depression. Its hard to be a Debbie Downer when you are out in the world building other people up. The most joyous outgoing and magnetic people are the ones being everyone else's biggest cheerleader.
Here's the point of this post. Once you begin the habit of adding value to other peoples lives, your life gets bigger. The world begins to open up and opportunities begin to pour into your life in awesome and unexpected ways. My desire for your life is that you grow and succeed in whatever endeavor you decide. The world has enough sad ass depressed energy vampires sucking the joy out of existence. So I challenge you to go out there and build someone up, put a smile on a face and lend a helping hand. Only then will your life have real value.
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Best of life, Kris