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Part II: Excel, Execute, Enjoy! > Value Yourself If You Intend to Be Valuable

Chapter 11. Value Yourself If You Intend to Be Valuable

Value is the assigned measure of worth that you appropriate to a subject, be it an idea, product, person, animal, or any other item you encounter. Value is largely intangible and in the eye and mind of the beholder. Something that is valuable to one might mean nothing to another. What is valuable to a company is one thing; what is valuable to you as a whole being might be something completely different. Values are flexible as priorities change over time, as you mature and learn from experience, and in response to people and events over which you have no control. In a solid economy where the workplace feels safe, you are more likely to take risks and be more willing to apply yourself with real passion and enthusiasm. When times are tough, when the world is not at peace, and when the economy suffers, you will have a different set of challenges to consider. In tough times when growth is not always a given and jobs do not feel secure you might witness, and be part of, actions, decisions, and environments that are new, wildly open-ended, and not in sync with your ethics or values. It is when jobs are not secure that you are more likely to see the dog-eat-dog, winner-take-all, survival-of-the-fittest, backstabbing parts of people’s character. This is fear and survival mode in live action, and it might cause real problems for you. It is important to take full measure of the climate that affects your workplace to discover how you must adapt to flourish rather than fear, thrive rather than merely survive, and stay true to yourself even if those around you don’t.

It is important to take full measure of the climate that affects your workplace to discover how you must adapt to flourish rather than fear, thrive rather than merely survive, and stay true to yourself even if those around you don’t.



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