Career Habits: Provide Value & Do More

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In Bryan Oliver’s Book Habits: Create What You Need to Succeed in Life he discusses 10 habits that you can develop to succeed in life.

Here’s my discussion on each of the ten habits. Habit number two “Provide value” and number three “Do more than what’s expected” go hand and hand.     Oliver explains further that while “hard work is essential, it will only get you so far.”  It is creating “value that is worth more to your employer and customer.”   This is a concept that I have recently read about in various books my John C. Maxwell and other books on spiritual growth and development.

Throughout my life I do not remember be pressed upon that adding value, or providing “more” to others than is expected.   In this world of “give me” we are often taught that if it’s “too good” that it might not be true.   What exactly does that mean?  How does that affect us?

What this statement “too good to be true” cause inside of us or indirectly tells us not to trust others.  We often feel if it’s “too good…” that there must be a catch to it or that someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

Instead we need to have more faith in others and give more of ourselves regardless of the return in investment.  If we invest more in others, and in what we create, we can break this cycle; this bare-minimal mentality.  If you have been operating in giving less and not getting what you want (more money, more job opportunities, more fun work projects) this may be a reason why.

Here are some easy steps to add more value in your workplace:

  • Share your ideas during meetings
  • Volunteer for projects or peers
  • Provide honest feedback when asked

Are you giving or adding more value than expected?  What are some ways you are adding value to your employer or customers?

How will you begin using Habit #2 and #3?

The book link is below if you are interested in reading his book.

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