Many entrepreneurs talk about scalability or how to grow a business, but that’s not what I am going to share with you today. I’m going to talk about how to scale yourself. I have been working on and improving myself for over 30 years now, but I never really thought about this in the context of my own personal growth or self-worth.
I’m going to share with you that not only have I scaled my worth to those around me, but I’ve increased my value to those that I work for, to those that I mentor, and to my family and friends.
You all know I am huge Jim Rohn fan and if you’ve never heard him talk about increasing your value to the marketplace, I suggest you go to YouTube and search for this topic. Anything you can do to make yourself more valuable will give you more self-worth, and you’ll reap big rewards in the future. Below is my story.
Out of high school, I didn’t go to college. Sure, I had a few good jobs but didn’t feel as if I was going anywhere, so at the age of 20, I joined the Navy. Now, I’m not saying you should do this, but I wanted to go back to school, and I didn’t want to work while trying to learn, and I didn’t want to ask for my parents help.
The Navy taught me some skills, and after getting out, I was doing okay, and I could have made a living, but I knew I wanted more. I ended up going back to school again, but this time, my employer paid for me to go. They knew that if I was more marketable, they could charge more for my labor, and they did. I have been back to school multiple times since and every time I did, it increased my worth. Now, I am not saying you need to go back to school, but consider what you could do to create more value in yourself and I guarantee, it’ll be worth your time and effort. Today, I spend most mornings reading or listening to audiobooks to learn something new. 5-10 minutes a day adds up over time.
Changing subjects now, I’d like to talk about something else that will scale your worth and give you a sense of accomplishment at the same time. In my opinion, serving or volunteering is one of the reasons we are on this planet and being such, I suggest that you do. Lending a helping hand to support a friend, a family member, or neighbor is a good place to start. I recently helped an organization go to Mexico to build a home for a family in need and could not believe the love and support of those I met who helped with this project.
In my opinion, there isn’t anything better you can do for yourself than to an increase in your value and help others.
David Blackford, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer has lived and worked around the world. He has a background in marketing and sales, international relations, and project management involving database design and development. His father, knowing his capabilities, enlisted his help to take care of the technical issues. Together they formed A-Leg-Up LLC.