If my time was up, right now, and I only had time to teach one thing to my son that I’ve learned in my 36 years, it would be this:
“Give to others what’s most important to them and you will have what’s most important to you”
This is the concept of VALUE and I’ve not found one area of life where it doesn’t dictate success or failure.
Value starts with shutting your mouth and forgetting about yourself, then opening your thoughts and your ears and focusing 100% on someone else.
If you want a stronger relationship, find out what’s most important to your partner and spend your time helping them to get more of it.
If you want to earn more money, find out what’s most important to your company or your customers and spend your time helping them to get more of it.
If you want to be happier (this is the big one), work out all the things that are most important to you and dedicate a part of every single day to them.
On the other hand…
If you aren’t happy with your relationship, it’s because you aren’t helping your partner to get enough of what matters to them most.
If you aren’t happy with your income, it’s because you aren’t helping your company or your customers get enough of what matters to them most.
And here’s the thing: you don’t just get back what you give, you get back much more.
It really is that simple.