Why You Can't Be Valuable And 3 Ways To Make Sure That You Are.

You can't be valuable to others if you don't have value to offer. Think about that for a minute.

What is the one thing you do better than anyone else in the world?

What is it that makes you so unique and special that the world comes to you for what it needs? Not someone else. You're the go-to person when "the best" is needed.

By the way, there is no right or wrong category for being valuable. The only wrong thing is not to be valuable.

But being valuable doesn't happen by accident. It's not a Disney movie where magic and coincidence create wonderful outcomes.

You can only perform at the level of your current capabilities.

This is important to remember because your current capabilities are not defined by your past or your future. It's all about right now. This moment.

You might have been a superstar in the past -- but have now gotten lazy or sloppy. Or content.

You might be heading towards superstardom in the future -- but just not ready yet to play at that level.

Your skills and talents determine the level at which you live your life.

They also define how other people view you. What value those around you put on you.

So how do you increase your value? You never stop growing and learning. That's the simplest way to continue to be valuable.

You continue to grow and share. You fill up yourself with value until there's no more room for that value to stay inside you. And it bubbles over. And as it bubbles over it provides value to everybody around you.

Which sounds good in principle. But how do you do that?

Here are 3 timeless ways to increase your value:

Read good books. Find ideas and interest that stimulates you and then go find the best books on those subjects and digest them.

Soak them in. Take notes. Put the best lessons you have learned into action immediately.

And if a good book isn't something that you can stomach, find awesome groups of people pushing limits in your world, and then join them.

Maybe it's a conference or a seminar or a small group. Find people who are bold, and a little bit crazy, and then learn all you can from them.

If you want value even faster you can pay for a mentor or a coach.

The path to being valuable isn't a straight line.

You're going to experience setbacks and failure. You're going to get it wrong and wonder what's wrong. We all perform better when we have someone pushing us to do more of the right things and avoid the negative behaviors that handcuff capability.

There are countless ways that you can improve your value. But these 3 ideas are guaranteed to work. But it won't happen automatically or overnight.

You have to be intentional about what you do and urgent about how quickly you get started.

What brand of value do you want to bring to the world?

What is it that captivates your soul and inspires you to be better on a daily basis?

You're not alone. The world is full of people looking for that exact same value as well.

So get busy being the type of person that can deliver it.

Dan Waldschmidt