From: Adding Value by The Minimalists

Adding value to someone else’s life is one of the most important things you can do with your life, and it has nothing to do with money. Why is adding value to others so important? Well, adding value is the only way to get another person’s buy-in, and it’s one of the few ways to get other people to believe in you as an individual. When you’re adding value to someone’s life, you are contributing to that person in a meaningful way. This is important in all facets of life—in leadership positions, in friendships, while meeting and connecting with new people, at your job, and with your family. If you want people to respect you, then you must add value to their lives. Otherwise you are dead weight, you are a cancer, a parasite, a bug on a dead thing. And we all know that that ain’t you. 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

It’s important to add value in an authentic way, in a way that doesn’t have an ulterior motive, in a way that is genuine and helpful and unassuming.

Excerpt from: Nicodemus,Ryan; Millburn, Joshua Fields (2011-09-18). Minimalism: Essential Essays (Kindle Locations 696-710). Asymmetrical Press. Kindle Edition.

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