Adding Value

I have been listening to a ton of podcasts and watching many inspiring videos about how to live you best life. Yes. Roll your eyes now – this is something I do on the daily. Nothing new. However – I noticed a reoccurring theme – Adding value. Adding value is that extra care you take when you connect with anyone from a date, co-worker, best friend, significant other – the list goes on.

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Shout out to The Minimalists, Anna Akana and Don’t Keep Your Day Job for inspiring me! 

Three Ways to Add Value

  • Listen with intention. Listen more and be fully present opposed to listening to respond. For example, when a friend shares a situation with you, because we want to help our friend, we will listen to the situation and then when they are done, immediately give them advice on how to solve their problem. Sometimes, people want to just share to share (also known as venting). Other times, they might want advice, but to give a better response, sometimes we need to understand the situation, ask more questions before responding.
  • Lead By Example. As Gandhi said, Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Walk the walk. If you want your date to stay fully engaged, you shouldn’t be checking your phone in-between your conversation.
  • Give Back. I have been very lucky in my life to have many teachers, leaders, mentors and friends who have helped shape who I am today. These people shared with me advice, taught me strategic and tactical skills for work and life. If you have been as lucky as me, honor these people and help pay it forward.

These are just three ways I am personally working on to improve myself and wanted to share with you. There are many more ways to add value into your life and to others. Once you start adding value to your life and others, be sure your voice is genuine and authentic.

- Joshua Fields Millburn

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