Straight Talk About Adding Value to Your Relationships

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We’re all social creatures by nature, but are we getting the most out of our relationships?

It’s a question we all need to ask. Whether we want to admit it or not, there is an “unofficial” social ettiquette that exists for the online and offline worlds. Some things are the same, others are more realm specific.

Overall the fundamentals still apply, add something of value to everyone you meet throughout your day.

Let me be clear, you don’t get to decide what value means to another person.

Just because you think it will add value doesn’t mean that it’s actually value to the other party. Take some time to do your homework and find out what people need help with and give it to them.

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Many times we get hung up on actually defining what “value” is, and honestly it differs from person to person. For me, adding value means simply being helpful.

That’s it.

Show up consistently, listen, and give to others. When a situation arises where I can help someone solve a problem, I help. Troubleshooting is important but it’s only one aspect of adding value to your relationships.

Listen, relationships can be complex, but they don’t have to be.

Adding value to your relationships also means entertaining, educating, informing, and inspiring others in an authentic way. Authenticity is a major key when it comes to building relationships.

We can all smell a phony a mile away, so keeping it real and really caring about being helpful is the name of the game.

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