Values Affect – Your Work: Clients / Followers You Attract: The Way That You Conduct Yourself And Your Business
In my mind I know right from wrong and for a long time I just assume that everyone else just knew what’s up. So, whenever I saw someone do what I thought was wrong; I called them out on it.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
I now know that was me projecting my values on to them. I figured it out when a friend called me out, on half steppin’ on a job I was doing for myself. Yes! I knew better and I was gonna do it any way.
I had burned a CD of my graphic art work and the name on the sticker on the CD didn’t match the name of the file on the burned disc. It was my last disc and I was going to turn it in for a chance to win a studio space downtown in the city I lived in.
My friend said “if the small things don’t matter to you, then you don’t value yourself; because you know that this would bother you if you did this for a client.”
Yes! It would! My name is my work, my work represents my name and quality work is very much a part of my brand. So, I went out, got new discs, made the changes and won the studio space! Yay!
“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”
― José Ortega y Gasset
If you’re willing to put out bad or subpar work for yourself, people may think that you don’t care about yourself and if you don’t care about yourself then you may also not care about them. The work you do for others, do it for yourself also. You’re worth it and it shows others your value and your values.
Values Can Support And Energize Your Work
When your values are aligned with your work you will find that they help and give momentum to what you’re doing.
If you have a value of doing things by standards that are in place then everyone you work with will know this standard.
When your values are aligned with the people you work with, you will be happy. The more you can align your values with your work or business the happier you will be.
“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”
― William Shakespeare
Values Influence Your Style
Your values will influence your work, be it graphics, writing, how you interact with others and your leadership style. If you value authenticity you’re likely to love original work, putting out original work and being around people who don’t mind being themselves.
“Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.” ― Turcois Ominek
Your values can form a following or you could follow someone because of their values and the value that they provide.
Good leaders are usually very self aware, have a strong sense of their values and act from an understanding of their values.
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”
― Roy Disney
So, let’s say that the work you produce has attracted a following. You’re now a leader! Yay! What value do you provide? What are the values that your followers look for?
When we know what we value and what our values are we’ll make better leaders to our followers and produce great work that shares an appreciation.
I love it when people understand, want and appreciate my work.
When you become a leader or maybe your already are one, consider your own values and how they may be influencing your work, style and the potential impact of this on your followers as a whole.
Check out 5 of the people you follow. For each person look them up 5 times, that’s 5 different social media platforms for each person. You’re looking for consistencies in their values. Let’s say you follow Gary Vaynerchuk (I Do!) You’ll look at his Blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This is just an example you can search any 5 platforms you like. Now answer what are his values? Do your values line up? What value are you getting from him?
I follow Gary Vaynerchuk. What I got when I did this social experiment – He’s consistent! When he says “Do The Work!” He means it and does it himself.
What I got from his values – He value’s smart and hard work and he appreciates people who does the same.
Our values lined up – I also value doing a good job right and now also doing for myself as well.
The value that I get from him – Every time he says “Do The Work” I feel like he’s talking to me, when he says “If you don’t know what something is look it up.” I do it. The value I get from Gary is that I feel like he gets me moving towards my goals faster.
Do the social experiment. Then in the comments write your findings. Next if you enjoyed this article sign up for the newsletter and also receive a free e-book on Mindful Meditation.