If you’re into personal development at all, you’ll have no doubt heard motivational speakers wax on lyrically about becoming a more valuable person. But what does that really mean?
Well, to put it simply, it means developing skills which are desirable and useful to helping others.
I really enjoy personal development and I’m always seeking new ways to better myself. This usually means that I have to push myself to do things that I’m uncomfortable with.
But that’s absolutely fine with me. It’s a small price to pay to become a better, more valuable person.
So how can you become a more valuable person?
Here are 4 things that you can do to push yourself in the right direction:
1. Get out of your comfort zone… often
This is essential if you want to grow your skills and become more valuable. To me, there is simply no other way to grow unless you push the boundaries of your current skill levels.
This week, I will be starting a 7-week course on public speaking and, like most would be, I’m quite nervous. It’s definitely outside of my comfort zone but I know it will help me to develop my communication skills and become more valuable to others
2. Don’t be afraid to take risks
Risks are an interesting phenomenon. The whole investment industry is built upon risk and risk tolerance. The truth is, you can’t escape risk. So instead of trying to avoid it, embrace it. Besides, not taking risk can be just as risky as taking them.
Sticking with my investment example, imagine not investing because of the perceived risk involved. By choosing not to invest, you may avoid the risk of losing money in the stock market, but you end up with just as much risk of retiring with no financial security.
If you can develop the skill of taking calculated risks, you increase your chances of succeeding. And anybody who becomes successful is extremely valuable.
3. Make mistakes and learn from them
Just like risks, mistakes are unavoidable. We all make them and we shouldn’t be ashamed of them. It’s only our perception of them which imbues them with a negative quality.
Mistakes however should be viewed positively. Far from being negative, mistakes are great learning opportunities and are essential to speeding up your skill development. There’s no better way to learn something than by doing it and failing.
4. Focus on skills that can help other people
People can become skilled in just about anything. However, it’s best to focus on developing those skills that will be most helpful to other people. These are the most valuable skills to have and are often the hardest ones to develop.
Skills such as public speaking and writing for example help you to communicate your ideas clearly to a listener or reader, ideas which they can then use to improve their own life. Meanwhile, learning how to juggle may be fun and impressive but it tends not to offer much value to other people.
So, let’s look at how becoming more valuable can help you
Most of us are aware of the financial benefits. After all, your value is what determines how much you get paid. But, there are also other benefits. For example, you’ll feel much better about yourself as you’re using your skills to help other people. In that sense, the happiness that you derive from helping others isn’t actually valuable at all – it’s invaluable.
Want to know the best bit about developing all of those skills? Once you have them, it’s quite difficult to lose them. Sure, there’s always room for improvement but skills tend to stick. For example, you may not have rode a bicycle in years but you still have the skill to ride one just fine.
One last thing to remember. Progress happens slowly. It might be hard to see how you are becoming more valuable day by day but it is happening, it’s just a long process. Stick with it and you will see the results.
What are you doing in your life to become more valuable?