Nearly every morning, I awake thinking about value. No, it is not some left-over ideas still jangling around in my head from doing appraisals the day before. I mean, I face each day thinking about the value that I can and should bring to those around me.
I am a very blessed man. I have been given a wonderful wife and four children. I love my ‘work’ and have an opportunity to rub shoulders with the best staff in the whole appraisal industry. I have more friends than I have time to associate with. My church and community volunteer work allows me to meet and befriend even more fabulous individuals on a regular basis. My appraiser mentoring puts me in contact with other small business owners across the country nearly every day of my life. Because I have been given much, I too must give.
As I was nearly asleep last night, the thought came to me, “I am the most valuable man in the world.” It struck me as powerful enough to wake myself and write it down on the pad of paper I keep by my bedside. When I woke up again this morning, I spent a few more minutes just pondering that thought, “You are the most valuable man in the world.” I firmly believe that statement. The cool thing is that my being valuable takes nothing from someone else’s ability to be just as valuable. It is not a zero-sum game. How can we both be the most valuable people in the world? It is all in how you say it (which is reflective of how you see it). Most of us think of valuable things as being worth a lot. Though that is true, it is actually a compound word; Value-able. I am the most value-able man in the whole world. Why, because my interaction with others allows me to bring value to them. I am able to bring value to those I associate with! Whether or not I choose to take advantage of the ability to bless other’s lives is another question, but we each awake every day as the most value-able people in the entire world.
What will you do with that ability today?
Now, go create some value!
Dustin Harris is a multi-business owner, but he has found most of his success as a self-employed, residential real estate appraiser. He has been appraising for nearly two decades. He is the owner and President of Appraisal Precision and Consulting Group, Inc., and is a popular author, speaker and consultant. He owns and operates The Appraiser Coach (www.theappraisercoach.com) where he personally advises and mentors other appraisers helping them to also run successful appraisal companies and increase their net worth. He is also the Founder and President of Your Appraisal Office (www.yourappraisaloffice.com) which implements some of the systems he has developed to help lower costs and free up time for real estate business owners. He and his wife reside in Idaho with their four children.