If You Want to Be Valued, You Must Add Value

This is a simple post because the idea itself is simple yet surprisingly I encounter a lot of people who still get it wrong. Hopefully you’re not one of them.

If you want to be valued, you must add value.

There are no free lunches and no one owes us anything.

Just because someone has worked somewhere for __ years, that alone doesn’t mean they should get that raise or promotion.

Just because someone has a blog or is on Twitter or Facebook, that alone doesn’t mean anyone else should listen.

And then there’s the danger of having achieved a little bit of success and thinking you deserve it. The moment you start thinking you’re entitled, well that’s the moment you begin to lose.

Value is earned… ongoing.

It’s created by giving, by taking initiative and being proactive… consistently.


  • Showing up a little earlier at work on occasion
  • Looking for ways to help your boss, without being asked to do so
  • Helping someone else, without always expecting them to do something in return
  • Caring about others enough to respond
  • Serving simply because it’s the right thing to do
  • Understanding the needs of others and helping them with a solution
  • Promoting that other guys stuff instead of first expecting him to promote yours
  • Recognizing that it’s Not About Me

JFK’s famous line said it well…

“Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.”

It’s about what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.

When you get that concept down, your value will significantly increase and you’ll find them more than willing to do for you… because you’ve earned it.

What are your thoughts on adding value?

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  • I sure hope my thoughts are adding value. I strive to be of service. Like your post said, Serving simply because it’s the right thing to do." Giving feels so much better than taking. The world needs more people that want to add value to it.

    • I think you are a value adder Connie. 🙂 Your heart shines through. Keep up the good work.

  • seansabourin

    I stumbled across your blog from Tentblogger. I really enjoyed your post. In my line of work (addictions) it is my goal to add value to lives of those I work for 9our students). Whether it is by spending time with them, encouraging them or challenging them, I want to add value to them. Thanks again.