Webster defined valuable as having desirable or esteemed characteristics or of great use or service. This means that if an organization or a person want to be valuable, you must be of great use to others.
The single most important and potent way to expand your income is to devise a way to consistently add real value to people’s lives, and you will prosper. – Anthony Robbins.
If you can add to your life more skills, ability, creativity, caring and organized knowledge and thereby increase the quality of life for the people around you—you will become more valuable person.
Whether you are an employee, entrepreneur or still searching for your passion make yourself more valuable to the world. Do not expect an increase in your pay or sales numbers simply because you show up every workday.
How do you become more valuable person?
1. Read more, learn more then you can serve more.
If you read more relevant books, magazine etc., you will be able to help many more people. Sometime you simply have to read the office rules and you will become reference for many people who are “lazy” to read the office policy documents.
2. Accept new opportunities
Many organisational changes bring new opportunities and it is only those who accepted these changes would become valuable to the new system.
3. Add additional skills
New languages, new techniques such as modelling, sales, analysis, core software skill, leadership etc. These are some of the new skills that can make you valuable in any organized and learning culture.
4. Follow the market trends and get ahead
If you are always up to date with the latest market information and trend, you will become a major source of valuable information to many of your colleagues and customers.
You have to develop your skills, learn new ones, and look for ways to improve products, systems and processes. Search for ways to make the work of your supervisors and colleagues much easier. I agree with Albert Einstein when he said “try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Success is a journey and only your values will take you through.
I know of someone who joined a bank as a security officer assigned to the banking hall. This guy simply make himself more valuable to customers and also enrolled into some business courses. With many positive customer feedbacks, he was given a permanent banking job. Today he is a branch operations manager of a regional bank.
If you are a new graduate, you have to find a way make yourself more valuable and convince potential employers that they will get a return on their investment if they hire you. In essence, you have to increase your worth.
If you are self-employed, ask how your business can touch the lives of your customers. Again, by making your business more valuable to people, earning sales can be the only consequence.
Albert Schweitzer a Nobel Prize Winner once said :
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve