Understanding the Importance of Providing Value in Life and Business
By Gloria Schmitt
My inspiration for everything I do in life comes from my family, most often my children. Likewise, I believe most parents have the same “Big Why” (reason for getting up and doing what they do each and every day). Quite simply to ensure our children are afforded every opportunity we were not in order to succeed in life. Yesterday while on social media, I stumbled upon a page called Shots of Positivity where I was reminded to “Be the type of person that no matter where you go or where you are, you always add value to the lives of others around you”. I like to believe that I provide value to my family each day if nothing else by being supportive. As for the agents I am fortunate to work alongside, I strive to be available to help them with whatever it takes to increase their business and to maintain a positive mindset.
Hence, I posed the question to my daughter, other than providing the basic necessities in life have I provided value as a human being to your life? Her response – “Really mom, you have supported me in everything I have ever accomplished whether it was competitively dancing, applying to colleges and supporting my major, helping me get through the difficult years but most importantly just allowing me to come to you and speak opening and comfortably about things that most children could not discuss with their parents. You are my best friend despite being my mother and you most definitely bring value to my life every single day”. Well, after I stopped crying, I decided to pose the question to each of you – Are you providing value to those around you both in business and in life?
The word value in itself is indicative of how we support others goals and vision. By supporting another’s “Big Why” we are in fact rewarded emotionally which affects us physically and often financially. So if helping others actually is a win – win scenario why aren’t we continually unconditionally supporting each other?
At Keller Williams we are asked the question what’s your “Big Why” when we initially join the company. Knowing each other’s dreams and goals allows us to focus on team growth, thus our own personal goal achievements. We promote the mantra as part of our company belief system that “together everyone achieves more”.
The more I think about it, the simpler the process is:
1) Know your family and/or colleagues wants, needs, dreams
2) Provide a supportive work (or home) environment
3) Be the person who is always there to provide encouragement
4) When and if obstacles arise, provide a lending hand and be solution based
5) Remind them to always keep their eye on final outcome
6) Celebrate every small step closer to reaching their goals.
I’m committed to the success of those around me because in the end their accomplishments will empower me to achieve my own personal goals, vision and dreams. “We rise by lifting others” (Robert Ingersoll) and “Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others (Gordon B. Hinckley).
Take the journey with me …. Commit to providing value in the life of someone who could use your support today and see how your world (and theirs) changes for the better. One small step can make a huge difference.