In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble and honour others more than yourself. Philippians 2vs3
Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living. Albert Einstein.
Principles from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell. The principles mainly focus on leadership but I find that they can be applied to every part of our lives.
The bottom line in leadership and life, in general, isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others. 90% of people who add value to others do so intentionally. Adding value to others requires us to get out of our comfort zones every day. In contrast, 90% of people who subtract from others do it unintentionally.
Guidelines to help you add value to others
1. We add value to others when we truly value others.
To add value to others we must first value the people around us and do it in such a way that they know it. People who add value to others are open, trusting, caring, offer their help and are willing to be vulnerable. They believe in others before other people believe in them.
2. We add value to others when we make ourselves more valuable to others.
You can only add value to others, only if you have value to add. You can’t give what you do not possess. The more intentional you are in growing personally, the more you will have to offer. The more you continue to pursue personal growth, the more you will continue to have something to offer.
3. We add value to others when we know and relate to what others value.
The only way we can know and relate to what others value is when we choose to listen. Most people are quick to lead without knowing about the people that they lead. If you want to add value to others, you need to listen to other people’s stories. You need to find out about their hopes, dreams and become acquainted with their aspirations.
4. We add value to others when we do things that God values.
God not only actively wants us to treat others with respect, but also to also reach out and serve them.Serving others really purifies our motives and helps gain a different perspective. If you desire to add value by serving others, the people around you will love you more and will develop a deeper level of loyalty for you.