“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
This has to do with what our focus is on. If we focus on becoming “successful,” our human weaknesses may lead us to do things that seem expedient at the time, but, in the long run, may lead to failure, both in results and in character. It is a temptation to step on other people going up the “ladder of success.”
However, if our focus is on becoming a person of value, then we will almost surely develop a high quality of character and that will lead to success.
What are the qualities of a person of value?
First, a person ov value is reliable and dependable. You know they can be counted on. You know they will keep their word. If they say they will do something, thn you know they will.
Second, a person of value usually is one who has worked to develop at least one skill and sometimes many that are useful and they are available to use those skills to help others. A family we know comes to mind, who have raised several sons and taught them many useful, practical skills. This has developed solid character and also success in making a good income using those skills. They are men of characte and men of value.
Third, a person of value is others centered. A person focused on just being a “success” is more likely to be self-centered.
The person of value, values others! And, when we know someone values us, we appreciated them and are happy when they become successful.
So, focusing on becoming a person of value means focusing on developing skills that will enable us to be useful in meeting the needs of others and it it means developing character qualities that are worthy of emulation, like dependability, trustworthiness, and caring about others more than ourselves, which is unselfishness.