“Try not to become a human of success. Rather become a human of value.”
The value you bring does not come from:
- your title.
- your position.
- the buzz words you use.
- your ability to schmooze.
- your willingness to play political games.
- the size of your ego.
- the number of people you know.
- the number of people who know you.
- the number of presentations you have made.
- the conferences you have attended.
- the titles of books on your desk.
- the number of compliments and acknowledgments you have received.
- the hours you work.
- the number of projects that you take on.
The value that you bring does not even come from the money you make.
Or even, the year that you were great.
The value you bring comes from:
- your empathy for others.
- your ability to leave your ego at the door.
- your willingness to embrace the complex and say: “I don’t know.”
- your resolve in determining, clarifying, and articulating (so everyone can understand) what matters.
- the time you spend doing what matters.
- the occasions you spotlight others and step back.
- the alignment between your words and actions.
- your willingness to roll up your sleeves and do the work.
- your ability to say no. No, that doesn’t align with my beliefs.
- your authentic vulnerability.
- your willingness to change your opinion.
- the tenderness of your heart.
- the value you place on feedback and reflection.
- the times you say sorry and mean it.
- the moments you are completely present.
- your willingness to reach across divides and hold your hand patiently.
The value that you bring may not even be noticed. But rest assured you are valuable.
What value do you bring?