Adding value to someone (yourself, a friend or family) or something (a company, an organization) returns a satisfaction in exchange for the effort that you have put in. Money alone would not return such a feeling.

Adding value on a daily basis to yourself (no matter how small)  makes you a much better person than the day before. “Value” can come in any minute form. Read a page of a book, learn a topic of a new skill you’re picking up, run that mile. It might look insignificant, but it will all add up to something great eventually, when done daily.

Before starting your day, you could ask yourself this questions.

How am I going to add value

  1. to myself today?
  2. to my workplace?
  3. to my friends and family?

With such intentions, it makes our actions more meaningful, rather than having a materialistic purpose for doing what we do.

There are many ways you can add value. You can…

  • Create something someone can use
  • Inspire someone to take action
  • Lend a helping hand
  • Be a shoulder to cry on
  • Show someone how to do something
  • Show someone a better way
  • Provide a new perspective
  • Lead by example
  • Listen more
  • Give your full attention
  • Just be there for someone
  • Love them

Sources: http://www.theminimalists.com/value/

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