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 valuableâ€¦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:
- Your thoughts, ideas, opinions
- Your experience, show others what you can do for them
- Your smile; your enthusiasm, your willingness
- Your touch, give a pat on the back…shake a hand to show affection
- Your time—a few minutes, an hour, or a day devoted to another
- 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.