How to Become More Valued

Add more value first.

It really is that simple; everything else is little more than wishful thinking at best, and manipulation at worst.

A good question to start asking continuously: “How can I add more value right now?”

Key words: “right now”.

Not tomorrow.

Not someday.

Right now.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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    Jeezzz Ray, you've got to come with something better. It's like saying to an aspiring high jumper “for you to jump higher, just jump” well…thanks, coach.

    • But that is the right advice. It's just not the advice people want to hear.

  • donniebryant

    This is spot-on.

    So many of us are looking at the equation backwards. If we focus on being valued, or getting people to value us, or why they don't currently value us, we'll miss out.

    But the moment we make the decision to become more valuable, things start to change.

    The graphic above (stacks of coins) is perfect. Why do we value a quarter more than a penny? Because it is actually worth more.

    Stop settling for “penny status” in whatever you're doing and whining about being undervalued. Choose to be a nickel! While you're at it, why not aim to be a 1794 silver dollar (currently valued at $2.1 million)?

  • Great question, having that question at the center of our thoughts will allow us to see the opportunities to serve and help those around us.