What if, tomorrow, your value was based on how kind you are?
We live in a materialistic world. A world where people are famous for being famous. A world where we, and our children, are constantly exposed to images of perfection, only achievable at a cost. A world where people speak about what they do, rather than who they are. Think about it, a world where your growth was based on how kind you are.
At any dinner party, one of the first questions you will be asked is “what do you do?” Sadly, many people feel their work defines them so they lie – accountants, you know I’m talking about you, right?
We need to change the way we think.
We need to stop thinking that what we do is more important than who we are. We need to think about how kind you are.
One phrase we often hear is “from the CEO down to the cleaner”; giving the impression that the cleaner is at the bottom of the chain.
I can promise you if, in a large company, the cleaner and the CEO both took a week off without any temporary cover in place – more staff would notice the absence of the cleaner. Any good CEO will delegate and know their management team can cover for them. A good cleaner is like gold dust.
Our worth is not what we do or what we earn; our worth is the type of person we are.
How much is your “kind” worth?
If tomorrow, cash disappeared and your value was based purely on how kind you are, how much would you be worth? If being kind gave you credit to purchase the items you want or need, how many items would you be able to buy?
If tomorrow, cash disappeared and your value was based purely on sincerity or reliability, what would your worth be?
Think back on the last 24 hours, how many times were you kind?
How many friends or family members did you ring or have contact with?
How many people did you check in with just to see how they were doing, rather than because you wanted something from them?
How many times did you hold a door open?
How many times did you take the time to listen to your child’s concerns (even when you know tomorrow they will have disappeared)?
How many people did you ignore?
How many waiters or shop assistants were you rude to?
Today, just take the time to do one kind thing. It’s not about the big things (buying someone’s shopping), it’s the small things. You can get some ideas here if you’re struggling.
Tomorrow, ask yourself how you did? What’s your worth looking like?
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