Our success in life is directly proportional to the number of people we serve and the quality of that service (Earl Nightingale)
Its a simple principle of life that may seem to be so simple as to be-self-evident, it’s surprising the number of people who don’t seem to be unaware that it applies to them. But, like any natural law, it does apply, to everyone.
We normally plan for success in our life, look for creative ways to increase our level and quality of service to others. Read on to learn some practical ideas and strategies that you can begin using today to increase the value you provide to others.
Measuring Our Services :
To illustrate the relationship between service and compensation, he used the image of an apothecary scale — the type of measuring device once used in pharmacies in the early part of the 20th century.
It consisted of two bowls, hung from a horizontal arm. In one bowl, the pharmacist placed the medicine to be weighed. In the other bowl, he or she placed precisely calibrated metal weights, until the two sides of the scale were in balance — in other words, until the arm was perfectly horizontal.
Focus On Service, Not Compensation :
Most of the people who complain about the lack of pay, fulfillment and opportunity in their careers are victims not of their jobs, but of the attitudes they hold about their jobs. In other words, these people are focusing their attention on the wrong side of the scale.
In order to increase our compensation, we must develop creative ways to increase our services — and in so doing, set in motion a positive “boomerang effect” of increasing returns to ourselves.
For those who understand this principle, life is a grand adventure. These unique souls focus on the service side of the scale, and superior compensation follows in turn, in proportion to their service.
Strategies for Improving Our Services :
There are many creative ways to do this. One of the best strategies is to engage in continuous, ongoing learning in your field of study as well as other areas of interest to you. By developing a mindset of continuous learning, you are constantly feeding the raw material pile of your mind, which it can then draw upon when you’re brainstorming.
Align Ourselves with Opportunity :
Opportunities and ideas don’t come into your life dressed as shiny gems or diamonds. Rather, they tend to appear like diamonds in the rough, or as opportunities dressed in work clothes.
In other words, it’s easy to look right at a situation that contains a potential opportunity, and overlook it. On the other hand, if you know what you’re looking for, you can uncover these opportunities, often right under your own nose.
You must then use your creative thinking and problem solving skills to hone them and shape them into the successes they will one day become.