Adding Values

by Patrick Liew on August 12, 2011

As a property agent, a typical question that my customers will ask me is, “Will this property appreciate in value?”

Obviously, they want to know whether the selling price of the said property will increase in the future.

Sometimes, in my mind, I want to ask “Why?”

Why do they want the prices of their properties to increase? Why do they want the extra money?

Is the value of investing in a property just for financial profit?

As an agent, an investor, and a judge in many business competitions, I have seen many entrepreneurs presenting their company’s value proposition.

In other words, how they will add value to their customers.

Typically, the values will include how they can help their customers to do the right things or to do things rightly. They may also show how their customers can do ever more with ever less.

In my mind, I want to hear them tell me “Why?”

Why should their customers enjoy these values?

Is the value of a business just about producing the right products and services? In a faster, better and cheaper way? And increasing overall productivity?

I believe most individuals and organizations are confused between values and tools.

Improving profit, effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity is just a tool. All of these are of no value if they do not serve a purpose.

We can measure them but measurements do not give meaning. They are just means to achieve the right ends – known as values.

 What matters to many people may not truly matter. It may not even be made of matter, such as love, joy, and peace.

What counts cannot even be counted, such as compassion, kindness, and generosity.

True values are not about me, but others. It is not about receiving, not giving.

True values are not temporary. They last and are sustainable.

True values are not felt externally, but internally.

True values are about helping others live a better life, and making our world a better home.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Life is FUNtastic!


Question:  What values are we trying to achieve?




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