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Valuing Value | Realigning Priorities

Hi, this is Mike, and I'm excited to continue our conversation about adding value to others. Adding value to others has always been close to my heart, and the value we bring to others can make a significant difference in their lives.

I came across a quote that perfectly captures what we're discussing. It's by Brian Dyson, the former CEO of Coca-Cola, who delivered a powerful speech during the 172nd commencement at Georgia Tech in September 1991. He said, "Value has a value only if its value is valued." These words struck a chord with me because they highlight the importance of recognizing and appreciating the value we bring to the table.

Brian Dyson painted a vivid picture of life as a juggling act, where we're constantly trying to keep multiple balls in the air. Dyson named these balls Work, Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit. As we navigate life, we often find ourselves juggling these aspects to maintain balance and ensure that none fall.

Work, he described, is like a rubber ball. If we drop it, it will bounce back. We can recover from work setbacks, find new opportunities, and continue moving forward. However, the other four balls – family, health, friends, and spirit – are fragile and made of glass. If we drop any of these, they won't bounce back. They will bear the scars of neglect and may even shatter completely. Once damaged, they will never be the same again.

These words hit me hard because I realized how easy it is to get caught up in pursuing professional success while inadvertently neglecting the things that truly matter. We often prioritize work, thinking that it holds the most value. But in reality, the other aspects of our lives are invaluable.

Understanding the significance of these fragile glass balls and striving for balance is crucial. We need to place equal emphasis on our family, our health, our friendships, and our spiritual well-being. These are the things that bring joy, fulfillment, and long-lasting happiness. They are the authentic sources of value in our lives.

We create a foundation for a meaningful and fulfilling existence by valuing and prioritizing these aspects. We build strong connections with our loved ones, nurture our physical and mental well-being, cultivate meaningful relationships, and connect with something greater than ourselves.

So, let's take a moment to reflect on our own lives. Are we giving enough attention and care to the glass balls? Are we genuinely valuing their worth? Getting caught up in the fast-paced world is easy, but we must remember that value lies in these precious elements of our lives.

In conclusion, heed Brian Dyson's wise words and strive for balance. Let's recognize the fragility of the glass balls and ensure that we pay attention to them in pursuing our professional goals. By valuing and cherishing our family, health, friends, and spirit, we bring actual value to ourselves and those around us.

As we continue this conversation, please reflect on your life and find ways to add value to these crucial areas. Let's create a life rich in meaning, purpose, and deep connection.

Remember, "Value has a value only if its value is valued."

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