Become A Person Of Value

December 29, 2013


Statue of Nicolas Copernicus outside the old Montreal planetarium

Nicolaus Copernicus, outside the old Montreal planetarium

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.  – Albert Einstein.

Year-end reflections are not just about what you did or what happened in your life, it is also a good time to reflect on who you are right now and who you would like to be. A person of value is not only valuable to others. You also are a person with a clear sense of your own values and strengths.

Before deciding on your New Year’s resolutions and goals, reflect on events or relationships that have left an emotional impression on you. What did you like and would like to learn to do the same for others? What did you not like and never want to do to someone else? What would you do differently? Who are the people you respect? Why? Who are the people you would prefer to avoid? Why? Take some time to write down these reflections and decide what you will do with these insights.

This is similar to an exercise I did early in my career when I shifted from the supplier to the customer side of the desk. Although I no longer have the original document, those reflections helped shape me into who I am today. You can read Version 2.0 of that list, called Things I Swear I Will Never Do To Someone Else.

If you do the exercise, let me know in the comments. Was it valuable for you?

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About Liza Wood

After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

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