14 February 2019

An early start in the Swiss mountains - Lawrence Jones MBE - worth, value, motivation

Stepping back to look at what you bring to a business is essential.

What does it mean to know your worth?

I recently read an article that had a particular analogy that resonates with me. It asks: “Do you know your worth?” How often do you stop to check in, to see if you’re settling for less than what you’re worth?

Rarely, I would imagine.

In a whirlwind of to-do lists, notifications and hardly a moment to switch off, it’s easy to get caught in the pattern of doing everything that is thrown your way. Particularly when you’re a leader. So, how do you understand your professional value?

I have seen all too often that people assess themselves and focus too heavily on either their strengths and become over confident, or on their weaknesses and become entrenched in low self-esteem. It’s a difficult balance that can only be found by objectively looking at what you bring and where you can develop.

Ultimately, if you don’t understand the worth of what you bring to your employer, how can they?

A $5 Car

In the article, author Henry Ammar, CEO of MakeItHappen.Life, uses a fantastic analogy to describe self-worth, particularly in the business arena:

“Imagine this: You just bought your favourite luxury car at a dealership in Santa Monica – say, a Porsche 911 in black or a Rolls Royce Phantom in white.

“I walk up to you, slap a five dollar bill in your hand and say, ‘Here’s $5 for your car.’

“Obviously, you’d laugh in my face because you know full well that your leather-seated, Bose-speakered piece of heaven is worth way more. You would never settle for anything less than it’s worth.”

If you wouldn’t accept a lower value for your car, why do you accept a lower value for your time and your energy? Value doesn’t just mean money either; it’s respect, recognition and growth.

Self-worth

Self-worth n. Confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect.

You are in control of your own self-worth. In the article, Henry writes: “Confidence isn’t what other people think about you, it’s what you think about yourself.” I couldn’t agree more.

Particularly in the early days of your career or business journey, it’s natural to look to others for validation. Unfortunately, some leaders choose to find their value in diminishing the worth of their team. I’ve been in situations when my senior has asked for my ideas ahead of a boardroom meeting, only to offer them as his own before I had an opportunity to speak. These were ideas and prospects that I had invested so much time and energy into. I knew that I had so much more to offer than that and soon I left to start my own business, UKFast. Great leaders help their teams to build their self-worth and confidence at every level.

Self-worth isn’t about comparison with those around you, it’s about knowing what you believe is worth your energy and your time. It’s that simple.

You are unique. No one else can bring to the world or business what you bring. Know your worth and accept nothing less.

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