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Here’s a little different thought about how to succeed from Albert Einstein:

“Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value.”

 I think we can see what he’s getting at.

It’s good and appropriate to receive the outward rewards of being good at what you do. But at some point, outward rewards alone don’t nurture the inner person. Don’t bring lasting fulfillment.

The deeper rewards and more lasting fulfillment come from knowing I am “a person of value”—and I have something valuable to bring to any job, challenge, relationship.

It’s about knowing you are a human being—the most valuable thing in the world—and you have human qualities to bring to each situation—humor, wisdom, imagination, etc.

It’s about knowing you are one of a kind—unlike any other person—and you have something unique to bring each day.

The one focused primarily on outward success may ride over an annoying customer because, well, where’s the payback?

But the one focused on being a person of value will treat that annoying customer with respect, even if there is no immediate payback. Because that’s who she is.

“Try to become a person of value.”

Can we sense the quiet greatness of this quest?