WHAT’S YOUR VALUE by Joseph Tom Riach
A young man went for a job interview. Among other things he was asked how much he expected to be paid for the work in question. Wishing to improve on his current earnings but not wishing to price himself out of the market, he quoted a figure which was twenty-five percent greater than his then present salary.
In due course he was awarded the new job and was cock-a-hoop at having won himself such a significant increase in earnings. Meeting with his new employer he expressed his excitement with the work opportunity afforded him and his satisfaction with the wage negotiated.
“Me too”, enthused his new employer, “I was prepared to pay you twice as much as that!”
The young man you see, had yet to learn to value himself sufficiently. He still saw himself as of lesser worth than his new employer’s valuation of him. None-the-less, in asking for the increased salary he had indeed raised his evaluation of his self-worth. So that was a start. But he had yet some distance to go in understanding and asserting his true value in the world. So … What’s your value?
Not in monetary terms, but as a person. How do you think others see you? Are they drawn to you or do they shy away? Their reaction is determined entirely by you. For it is how you view yourself that determines how others react to you. The lesson therefore is to think well of yourself.
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There’s more too it though than simply telling yourself ‘how wonderful you are’! You have to go deeper than that.
First you must know that you are true to yourself. This means being honest and listening to your good inner voices. Your conscience in other words. It is your moral compass, it determines your philosophy of life and value system. Act out publicly and fearlessly as it directs and you will be known as a person of truth and integrity in the wider world. Now that is true value!
The pay-off is that people will value you, who you are and what you stand for. Their confidence in you will bounce back to you in many ways, both spiritual and material. You may even receive a pay rise at work!
I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal. I hope you enjoyed this sample of my work. Find all my current titles (novels and ‘personal achievement’) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other leading book stores. Click the image below.
“From every book written by Tom Riach you will gain unique insights to success, you will laugh, you will reflect upon your own character, and sometimes you will just sit in awe of his mastery of life, business and the simply written word.” – Randy Ireland, SFI Team Leader, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas
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