“A rich man has many friends.”
When I speak of riches, you’ll be tempted to ask, “Must everyone be rich?” That, I believe might have been informed by a perception that I am referring to financial fortunes. If you asked that question in your heart then you concluded a little too early.
A person can be rich in ideas, in character, and ultimately in the value he brings to society.
I have observed, even on Twitter, that people who have the most followers or ‘readers’ as the Russian interface translates it to be, are those who have added or are in the business of adding value to their community or the world at large. Celebrities need not beg for followers, their work advertises them.
So it is in real life.
Severally, I have heard people complain that certain persons do not wish to interact with them and appear to look down on them. I always have one advice for such persons – increase your value. Improve yourself. Get your functionality to increase so as to increase your sphere of influence. Don’t go around begging people to befriend you, rather develop yourself such that they will be forced to get to know your worth.
Value is a magnet. It will draw people to you. It will draw people who are interested in what you are doing and they would want to get closer to you. It will cause the people whose eyes are able to see the value you possess and the value you can impart on society to want to invest their time, money and other resources to ensure that you develop and improve in your chosen area of influence. Such is the power of value.
Now the general idea is that people will follow only those they feel will add value to their lives. Hence, the only way to keep attracting people to you is by adding value to yourself i.e., keep yourself fresh. That way you’ll stay needed and wanted.
The big question is: how do I add value to myself? The answer is very simple, although the implementation can be back-breaking and nerve-wracking. The basic ingredient in cooking the fine stew of value lies in knowing your niche. You cannot succeed where you are not needed. You must know where you are needed and the gifts, talents or skills that are required in that field. Once you have ascertained your area of possible and plausible influence, you should then seek to acquire the necessary skills by reading books, going on trainings, sitting long hours to practice your trade. That way, you improve and sustain influence.
The value market is constantly upped day by day. The stakes are getting higher. It has therefore become increasingly necessary to invest more time in your field of endeavor, learn from the best and yearn to improve day by day. Never rest on your oars. Keep doing something!
For some persons who feel as though they are at the bottom of the ladder of value, do not despair! Rather, sit up and do something! I have been there before. I remember when I would read Chimamanda Adichie’s interview in THISDAY newspaper years ago and just cry as I yearned to be a writer too. I always wanted to have my name on the spine of a book. I would wonder and ponder on how it was going to come about. I however read and read and wrote and wrote. I would read any and every book and will send in articles to any and every magazine. Finally, in 2010 I was able to publish my first book, Do Something!, and currently working on my second. But there is a lot more to be done. A lot more!
So friends, I know I have to improve so as to increase in value.
What about you?
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First published on Omojuwa.com