Hi everybody! I am standing here at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. It is day four of 60 sunrises to success. Today, I wanted to talk to you about personal value. Have your own, personal value.
I want to ask you, have you ever been around someone that has their own very high personal value? Isn’t it fun to be around them? Isn’t it engaging and exciting to be around them? How do you become magnetic? How do you get to raise your own personal value? Well, let’s talk a little bit about the challenge first. Then I’ll talk about the solution.
Our society does a great job of making us think that our personal value is based on things like our bank account, our FICO score, or you know how many pounds it says when we step on the scale. Our personal value goes up and down based on numbers like that. I want to remind you that your personal value has nothing to do with those numbers.
Think about it in this way. You get a $100 bill from the bank. And You notice it has been ripped, written on, and food has spilled on it. All sorts of stuff have happened to it, but it is still worth $100. The experiences that you are going through don’t lower your personal value.
If you pay attention to them, they will raise your personal value because you are going through growth experiences. Whether your FICO scores at 400 or 800, you are still an amazing person. You need to act like it.
I meet a lot of people who say, “Well, yeah, it’d be easy to value myself if I was able to do more, be more, have more.” And that’s kind of backward. What ultimately needs to change is that you need to value yourself first. Then you can have all that fun stuff.
If you had the attitude of your world perspective. That, no one is nice, no one smiles, no one is happy, no one is around. I’m not going to be nice. I’m not going to smile until someone else smiles at me first. Then you’re going to have a long way to go before you find someone that’s going to smile at you. If all you do is smile at people, everywhere you go and everyone you’re talking to, you’re smiling. How many more smiles are you going to get back?
You initiate the personal value process by valuing yourself first. The more you value yourself, the more people will want to be around you. They will value you. Just like smiles and hugs, the more you give, the more you get. The more you focus on your personal value, and don’t let others dictate it, the more you’re going to feel valuable, and then you’ll be able to do more, have more, be more.
I learned something about the Roosevelt hotel. It was named after the 25th president. He won a Nobel Peace Prize before he became or while he was president, he also started the Panama Canal. He had very high personal value, to be able to do what he did.
The third part of this is when people give you feedback. People with low personal value feel like feedback is a putdown, that it is pointing out failures, pointing out defeat, and pointing out all the negatives. If you have high personal value, someone’s giving you feedback, whether you mess it up or you did great.
The feedback is valuable. We can use that feedback to improve. Have you guys heard of the Dyson vacuum, the cycling vacuum? Did you know that Mr. Dyson took over 5000 attempts to make that vacuum? He had to fail on purpose. He failed and got feedback of failure over and over, which turned it into a massive fortune. He’s now worth over $3 billion.
When you have high personal value, and you’re working on that, when you receive feedback from failure, it adds to your personal value because you can learn from it and grow and expand. Just remember that other people’s opinions of you do not have to become your reality. Maintain your own personal value and take back your existence or die like a punk.
It’s up to you. Thanks for being here on day four. In a few more days, I will be in Mexico, and we’ll continue with these 60 sunrises to success. Remember, every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.
– Michael A. Huggins
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