Man has always been known for consistency in his quest to make money and fame, which is his definition of success.
He is always looking for shortcuts just to make money and become rich and successful as they call it, but paid little or no attention to creating value which is indeed the easiest way to becoming successful.
God was so deliberate when he created man, his desire is that man will be productive and create lasting values that impact the lives of everyone around him (Gen. 1:27-28).
Creating value means doing something to meet a need, filling a void, proffering solution to problems, or improving the way a good or service is being offered.
Creating value makes you valuable, successful, and influential. Here are some tips on how to create value:
TIPS ON HOW TO CREATE VALUE
1. THE GOD FACTOR:
You need God if you will create value. The presence of God is what gives meaning to life, if He is not with us we are doomed.
The secret to the success of men like Abraham, Joshua, Gideon, etc. was God’s presence. They understood the need for God, submitted themselves to Him and God gave them strength and courage.
It is not enough to run after our dreams and aspirations we must run after and seek God. Nothing can be done without God, without Him your life has no meaning.
With God, all things are possible, with Him we can do all things. …With God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
2. DISCOVER AND PURSUE PURPOSE:
Men and women who become successful and influential as a result of creating value were those who discovered and pursued their purpose.
When you walk in purpose, it is easier to add value to the lives of other people. Discovering your purpose is finding the exact way to impact the world.
You may never be able to meet a need if you have not discovered your purpose. Purpose gives direction to your life.
3. HAVE A PERSONAL DEFINITION
What is people’s perception of you?
Do they know exactly what you stand for?
Define yourself: what you do and why you do them.
Have a mission statement for your life, what problems can you solve? What skills do you have? All these will help you if you want to create lasting value on people and the world at large.
4. BUILD YOUR SELF-ESTEEM
Self-esteem is the opinion you have about yourself and the value you place on yourself. It is having the right sense of value about oneself.
Factors like your bank account details, your job status, how much you weigh, etc. God created every man with a purpose.
Before you were ever born, He established your real worth, by choosing you and ultimately by dying for you.
If you will ever create lasting value, you must make a decision to leave behind your feelings of worthlessness and embrace your true worth in God.
Your self-esteem is secure when it is based on the opinion of your creator.
5. BUILD COMPETENCE
Building competence is like daily cleaning of your room. If you stop cleaning, what do you think will happen? Dirt will accumulate.
To create value, there is a need for improvement, improving your ability to perform; your knowledge, skills, relationships, etc.
Competence doesn’t just spring up in a day, it is built over time. Building competence boosts your confidence. Anonymous.
6. BE DELIBERATE ABOUT YOUR PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE
Amir Khan in the movie ‘3 Idiots’ said “seek excellence and success will follow you pants down”.
One thing the world has always been known for is her quest for excellence, even though the world is never passionate about God and religion, she will always bow for excellence.
The world today celebrates and idolizes men like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Aliko Dangote, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo etc. not because of their religious affiliations or color but just for their excellence.
The Holy Scriptures gave us examples of men like Joseph, David, Daniel, Apostle Paul, etc. who pursued excellence in the purpose of God for their lives, met a need, and proffer solutions to problems in their time (Gen. 45:5,7, Dan. 5:12).
When you are in pursuit of excellence you don’t mingle with mediocre who always want to maintain the status quo, to excellence is a dangerous risk to take.
Do you know where an excellent man is? Kings are looking for him; he is not meant to dwell with mediocre (Prov. 22:29; Paraphrased).
7. DON’T PURSUE MONEY
If you want to make money don’t pursue money, look for people’s problems, a proffer solution to it and money will definitely come.
People who pursue money always end up frustrated.
Make people happy, meet a need, proffer solution to their problems, and see how rich you’ll become.
“The only way to make more money is to create more value” – Eric Kim
As the world grows daily in sophistication and complexity, an excellent man who is consistent in creating value: meeting a need or proffering solution to problems remains the key to unlock this generation, and bring men to their kneels for Jesus.
Your success as a man can only be measured by how much value you have created.
Don’t look for ways to receive from people, be a man that gives, change your mindset, create value, and see how the result will transform your life and the world.
OJO BENJAMIN ADEKUNLE (ABJO)