You probably think I’m going to talk about the election, and honestly, although I thought about it, I decided against going down that black hole. Instead, I would like to talk about something that I have been noticing recently – worthlessness. It appears that, as a country, we have switched to the mindset that other people’s opinions are worthless. We have made up our own mind, and if their opinion is different, it is worthless.
How much of our disposable society has contributed to this? When a new phone comes out, we throw away our old phones that cost hundreds of dollars. If our printers break, we buy a new one because it’s cheaper than fixing the old one. I have to wonder—have we started throwing away other points of view as well?
I can see this trend going one of two directions. Either we end up with an over-inflated sense of ego that we are right about everything or an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt that our own opinion doesn’t matter.
I came across this story that demonstrated such a valuable point that I wanted to share it with everyone:
A father said to his daughter “you have graduated with honors, here is a car I bought many years ago. It is pretty old now. But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you for it”
The daughter went to the used car lot, returned to her father and said, “They offer me $1,999 because they said it looks pretty worn out.”
The father said, now “take it to the pawnshop.” The daughter went to the pawnshop, returned to her father and said, “the pawnshop offered only $100 because it’s an old car.”
The father asked his daughter to go to a car club now and show them the car. The daughter then took the car to the club, returned and told her father “some people in the club offered me $100,000 for it because it’s a Nissan Skyline R34, it’s an iconic car and sought by many collectors”.
Now the father said this to his daughter, “The right place values you the right way.” If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you… Never stay in a place where no sees your value”. Author Unknown
While the father in this story took the point of view to never undervalue yourself, I would like to take it in another direction.
It is crucial to not underestimate the worth of others. Don’t be too quick to throw away someone’s ideas, opinions, and values. What you may originally think is worthless might be a hidden gem.
In terms of business, the greatest innovations can come from the craziest ideas.
In terms of technology, devices wouldn’t be able to change so quickly if no one questioned if there is a way to do it better.
And most importantly, in terms of people, that is how humanity survives.
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