What are you worth?
A one dollar bill and a one hundred dollar bill have a lot in common. They are both created in the same place and on the same basic machinery. The one dollar bill and one hundred dollar bill are both made out of the same paper. Each has a picture a famous man significant in the founding of the United States. Inscribed on both are the words “The United States of America” and “In God We Trust.”
The only true difference is the number of otherwise invaluable zeros added to make the one hundred dollar bill. The number zero alone has no value. If you had a zero dollar bill, it would be worthless.
Consider the zeros your weaknesses. Your weaknesses, left alone, provide ZERO value. By linking your weaknesses with your strengths, your greatness multiplies. Leaving your zeros as weaknesses limits the potential of your value. Once you understand who you are and what you are worth, your perceived value to others will increase as well.
In business, consumers pay a price for a product based on the value manufacturers and resellers place on their products. A manufacturer could make a beautiful masterpiece from scrap metal, yet if they only see it as scrap metal they will sell it for a scrap metal price instead of a price that reflects the beautiful masterpiece. Knowing the value of your gifts, talents, skills, and expertise help you understand your worth.
Understanding your worth requires you to evaluate, embrace, and empower both your strengths and weaknesses.
- EVALUATE: You must first evaluate what you do well and in what areas you need to improve.
- EMBRACE: Many people love their strengths, but rarely give attention to their weakness. If you truly want to see substantial progress in your life you must embrace the areas you need to improve, just as much as the areas of your life where you already perform at a high level. Embracing your strengths and weakness does not mean you should settle, but instead, use your acknowledgement of improvement areas to drive you to action.
- EMPOWER: Give your weakness attention and permission to grow. Invest time in improving them. Seek resources to help increase your potential. Advance your potential by working diligently to minimize areas of weakness. Take ACTION to improve!
Every great treasure holds a unique value. You are a unique treasure filled with priceless gems. Know what you bring to the table… then bring it. The one hundred dollar bill you!