For some people, January was a drag while to some others, it went too fast. For me it was just fine, not fast not slow. Seeing the new month just re-awakens the reality that the days are going, whether i’m actualising my goals|plans or not. And in case you’re yet to fully wake up to the new year, please wake up already, It’s daybreak!
I would love to say you’ve lost nothing but truth is you’ve lost 31 whole days of year 2016. Good news is, mgbe onye tetere ura bu ututu ya (when a person wakes from sleep is his/her morning). February is still the morning of the year so you can wake up today.
Moving on, we started a conversation on “Sought After: What Is Your Market Value?” last week and we’ll wrap it up this morning.
I believe each of us have evaluated ourselves to know where to make amends and add more value to our current worth; that’s the essence of the questions asked last week. Today, we’ll be discussing some of the ways to increase our market value and be sought after.
- Change your mindset: A lot of people feel having a degree or certificate is enough. It would be okay if you carry knowledge equal to the worth of the certificate you carry but reality is most people, including moi, even though we passed the qualifying exams for some certificate, do not fully possess the intellectual and skill knowledge inherent in the said certificate. A complete overhaul of ‘certificate consciousness’ above skill obtained and delivered, is needed if we must increase our current value. Having a certificate/qualification is good, it opens doors of opportunities. But a certificate is as good as plain paper if you do not possess the knowledge|skill expected of|attached to the certificate. Certificates open doors, but it is your knowledge of the skill inherent in the certificate that will enable you enter and seat within the opened doors of opportunity.
- Be the giver not the receiver: Man naturally is selfish. Our default setting is configured to receive, receive and receive again. When we’re applying for a job or getting into a relationship, what we mostly think of is what we are going to get|gain from the job or relationship rather than how we will add value to the recruiting organization or individual. But that’s not how it works if you want to be Sought After. To be Sought After, you have to consciously seek to give back; you have to consciously work on being an asset rather than a liability. You have to be interested in solving problems, you have to take and grow in to more responsibilities.
- Commit to continual self-development: It is not enough to get the job done, anybody can do that. What gives you an edge is the uniqueness and flavor you bring to getting the job done, in time and within budget. Proverbs 22:29 says “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” (KJV). Some people feel that once they’re employed, in a relationship or married, they don’t need to add more value to their worth. They’re very comfy with routine and the status quo but they’ll want an increase in attention, salary or bonus every now and then; it doesn’t work that way! Being valuable is a continuous process! I particularly love a comment made by a reader on last week’s post. The guy said, “it is actually a sin not to improve oneself – not to try to find better ways of doing your job.” That is just the summary for continuous self-development.
- Have the right association: The importance of having the right friends and association cannot be over-emphasized. They say, “show me your friend and I’ll tell you who you are.” Even the scriptures stressed it, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (Prov. 27:17, KJV). If you want to be Sought After, you must pay close attention to the association you keep! The best way I can emphasize this point is by reiterating a statement I made in Ask The Right Question, “a fool that habitually dwells in the company of the wise will gain understanding just by association, the reverse is also true.” It’s that simple.
- Don’t burn your bridges, don’t bang doors when you leave: While growing up even till date, one of my dad’s favorite quote is “We shall meet again”. He always stressed the importance of parting peaceably with people because you never know when or where you will meet again. Parting peaceably should not be pre-determined by how people treat or don’t treat you. Just make up your mind to follow peace with all men (Heb. 12:14). Some people can be very difficult to work or live with but just ensure that as much as is within your power, you leave a place with a good record. Most times, decisions about us are made by people in our absence based on their perception of us. You never know who will be involved in making an important decision about you. Never burn your bridges or bang the door when you leave a place.
In conclusion, it is imperative to note that after you have made yourself valuable and sought after, not everyone will search you out for good.
The more you become valuable, the more you set yourself apart from the crowd, the more people will want to be associated with you and the more some people will see you as a threat to their existence and hence seek you out to destroy you.
“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, and because an excellent Spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes SOUGHT to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom;” (KJV)
Even our Lord Jesus was not spared from the evil seekers. Jesus while He was here on earth was sought after; people from far and near pursued after Him; they sought to follow Him; they sought to have Him involved in their lives and affairs but the Pharisees and Sadducees saw Him as a threat to their existence so they sought him out on several occasions to kill Him.
When you become more valuable, people will be threatened by the relevance of your existence but fear not. I didn’t raise this point to scare you but to remind us that there’s always 2 sides to a coin.
Basically, we need to be conscious, alert and develop our Spiritual stamina in God through Christ even as we strive to develop our skills and intellect. Jesus said, “Fear not, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Also, like Daniel, give them no foothold to use against you (Daniel 6:4b)
It is better to be on top and fear fall than to be on the floor and fear no fall.
That’s it from me for “Sought After: What Is Your Market Value?”. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comment box. I learn a lot from them.
God bless you all. Wishing you a new month filled with divine Wisdom and Understanding that will distinguish you from your peers and contemporaries.
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And Yay! This is the first week in February so the “Frankly Speaking, Random Topics” column will debut on Friday the 6th. It’s gonna be a fun way to start your weekend as you go home from the office after the week’s work. It’s gonna make you echo #TGIF, hehe, don’t miss it!