The Law of Value
In their book, The Go-Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann tell a great story about a man who learns 5 laws that will change his life professionally, financially, personally, and spiritually. I want to tell you about one.
Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
This is a true statement. If you cut grass for a living and you have a set price for each client, you can only take the specified amount. But how much can you give in value? As much as you want. If a goal in your life is to add more value to people than you take, you will be a happier and more enjoyable person to be with.
But where does the rubber meet the road? Do you breeze through your school work? Do you treat clients just good enough to keep their business? As a waiter/waitress do you assume they won’t tip well so you treat them with mediocrity? As a store manager do you discourage or encourage your employees? When did you last give to a non-profit? church? a homeless person? At sport practice does your level of intensity match what it is in a game? Babysitters: do you show up late or early? leave a small gift of appreciation?
Make it a point each day to find a way to add more value to your product or service.
John Maxwell said “leadership isn’t about how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others.”
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”* Jesus meant it when He said to give and do it with a good agenda.
Remember- in order for someone to give they must have a receiver on the other end. If someone offers to add value to you in any way, don’t take away their right to do so; accept it with humility.
I highly recommend The Go-Giver.