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"Try not to become a man of success, rather than becoming a man of value."

What does this quote really mean? What's the difference between success and value? They are related, but the quote is highlighting which one is more important.
The implication is that if you pursue becoming someone of value, you will most likely be successful. Whereas if you make "success" your focal point, you might miss important things that will help you get there. But Value is very different.
A man of value, in my interpretation, would be a man who brings value to other people. Perhaps this is a man who can solve peoples' problems. Perhaps this is a man who can make connections and introductions. Perhaps this is a man of extreme expertise in a particular area. Perhaps this is a man who is trustworthy and reputable.
A man of Value could show up in a black turtleneck with fuzz from the dryer stuck to one sleeve. Value might have to chain his or her bike up to a lamp post down the street and then walk over to the meeting. Value might not be able to pay for the meal. Value might have way less experience and have close to no credentials but might also solve the exact problem you're facing. And in that moment, you don't really care whether that person has a gold watch or a fat wallet or a flashy sports car. They solve your problem and that's exactly what you're looking for. And depending on the size of the problem and how badly you need it fixed, you may find yourself saying, "If you can provide value here and help us, in exchange we will give you a huge salary, a new watch, a jet black sports car, and by the way, I have a girl I would like you to meet."
A man of value becomes a benefactor to those around them; people's lives are improved because of this man's presence. The focus is about being of service to humanity or the world around him. This is the kind of person that revolutionizes industries, makes breakthroughs that benefit us all, and advance society as a whole, these people tend to be "successful.
Whereas the man that pursues "success," in my interpretation, the focal point is about himself, about how he needs to be successful. It's not about solving a problem, it's not about building sustainability, it's not about nurturing relationships, it's all about how "you" can help "me". When you see someone who is "successful," you see their image. You see their hazelnut shoes step out of a jet black convertible. You see a shiny gold watch. You see a perfectly lined hair cut, a fitted blazer, a beautiful blonde on their arm. You see them reach for their wallet to pay for the whole table's dinner. You hear them talk about their accomplishments, awards, experiences and you drool. To you, they have value because that's what got them to this point of "success" in the first place.
This kind of person thinks that the pie is limited. They believe that helping someone else move forward means that they have slow down for themselves. If you win, that means I have to lose. This kind of person will try to hoard the attention, the spotlight, try to take all the credit and money... not the kind of person you'd want to work with or work for.
I fully resonate with the quote. Being a man of value, is the most surefire way to success. This is my philosophy when it comes to people, Business and life. I'd like to think that people are better off as a result of having met me; I hope that they are "better than before" because of me. I've lived this way for the last 4 years since my high school, and without making another cent, I believe I am already successful.
So I go back to my very 1st question tag, "who are you, a man of success or man of value???". Answer that question, stay positive, move on and live with values.

I remain my humble self, Adelaja fawaz.


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