Tips From Dumb Little Man

| April 10, 2008

uniquelittlemen I’ll admit I read a few self improvement blogs. One of my favorites is Dumb Little Man, and not just because men are dumb. Just kidding guys. The site has multiple authors and just really great articles, with over 58,000 subscribers I’m not alone with my opinion.

I recently read Gain by Giving: How to Live A Good Life, and I was really impressed. This is what struck a chord with me:

Your value is based on who you are; the unique you who possesses unique talents. Only when we give our unique value away do we attain what is most valuable…A Good Life. The purpose of our unique value is not to hoard it, but to share it, and only in sharing it will we feel valued. Here are six simple things you can share that will help you live A Good Life:

  1. Your thoughts, ideas, opinions
  2. Your experience, show others what you can do for them
  3. Your smile; your enthusiasm, your willingness
  4. Your touch, give a pat on the back…shake a hand to show affection
  5. Your time—a few minutes, an hour, or a day devoted to another
  6. Your talent—share your creativity, your mechanical ability, your technical skills

Everyday, share what is unique about you. Kindly, generously, share your opinions and ideas. Be truthful, honest and willing. Smile and be optimistic about your gifts. Give of yourself so others can gain. Do it everyday, with every encounter. At the end of the day, reflect on what you did and what made you feel the best about yourself. That will be your clue about what you do and how you live tomorrow. Enriching another’s life with your unique gift is living A Good Life however and wherever that manifests itself.

I know from my personal experience the people I value are those that aren’t afraid to share their opinion. Nothing is more annoying than people who are secretive, or afraid to have an original thought, or just feel they have to remain neutral at the cost of being their own person and having originality.

We are all unique, and sharing that uniqueness is a gift we can all give. So, thanks Dumb Little Man, I guess you’re not that dumb after all.

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  1. Sheila says:

    Very nice, encouraging post, Emma! From a blogging standpoint, I’ve been trying to let my personality come out more and more recently and I’m starting to see a correlation in increased stats. It could just be a coincidence. I don’t know, but at least I’m having even more fun with it. :-)

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  2. Emma says:

    I think that’s a good strategy, my favorite blogs are the ones with personality. In fact I even unsubscribed from some of the larger popular blogs because of the boring authors lack of personality.

  3. It’s a very helpful and informative post..^^ although the little man looks a bit creepy..^^ but still a great read!

    Thanks for sharing Emma!

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  4. Bloggrrl says:

    You just make me feel really valued… ;-)

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  5. Bloggrrl says:

    You just made me feel really valued… ;-)

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  6. Emma says:

    You’re such a smart @ss. :smile:

  7. Seth says:

    haha nice picture buddy.

  8. Nishu says:

    now I understand people think I am enigmatic .. I don’t have opinions on stuff :-/ .. or I am just scared to talk about stuff I don’t like or I don’t know about

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  9. It looks like bobblehead doll, yeahhhhhhhhhh!

  10. Thank’s for sharing Emma! it is really great to read.

  11. Hi Emma

    I like what you said on there. Many people fail to notice the real talent and beauty within.

    I am going to read that for sure..