Today I set out to begin reading a new book. The book is called the Go-Giver. Something about reading stimulates the mind, calms the spirit, and helps you re-focus. The first of this book focuses on giving more in value than you take in payment. As I think on how to apply this it occurs to me that value and product are not the same thing. Product is something that you buy and sell. Value is the something that you add to the transaction. There have been a few people in my life that I have held as friends, but which passed on, truly leaving a void in the lives around them when they left. We mourn when any friend departs, but I am talking about those that thinking of the world without them truly hurts still today when you stop and think of them. These are people that truly added value. It wasn't financial, it was intangible, but it was there.
Today do 2 things: 1) Seek out those people that add this value to your life, and call them, e-mail them, or spend time with them. You need them, and they need you; don't delay. 2) Become one of these people. This will lapse into tomorrow and the day after, and the day after.... Get started today.