Value


Today is Labor Day.


As we get together with family and friends, likely around a barbeque, perhaps it is time to also reflect on the value you place on your time, and your labor.


Last week, I discussed how you trade some of your time and energy to an employer for money. This implies that your time is valuable. Not just to you, but to your employer as well. Your employer values your time and the work you do more than the money he pays you to do it.


Many of us go through times in life when we are struggling with money. We don't feel we have enough. We worry that we can buy food, keep the lights on, or provide a great college education. Sometimes we feel we need to make more money in whatever we are doing to make these things happen. How do we do that?


I encourage you to start by finding good books and making a habit of reading them. They could be fiction, though perhaps reading a book like Atomic Habits by James Clear would be more beneficial. The choice is yours. As you read you are exposed to new and interesting ideas that can open your imagination. When your imagination is opened, more things seem possible. You may then feel you have the energy to make new changes in your life toward the better. The more you know and are able to bring that knowledge to your job to do things better or help your team, the more valuable you should seem to your employer. Even if your current employer doesn't see your value, perhaps another employer will. You can be better prepared for a next job by continuing to grow your mind and experience.


This is the kind of education we should be seeking as we work professionally. Not necessarily some college course that takes a lot of time and money, but something more simple, that you can do each day for about 30 minutes to start making a change.


Are you ready to continue your education?