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Each of us is a brand. However, what is our Value? Is it the amount someone will pay us for our services, or our talents?

Does your salary determine how valuable you are? Could better positioning, or the promotion of your 'brand' increase your perceived value?

Are there any things we could do to enhance our own value?

Do you know any ways or means by which we could establish, or increase our personal and professional value to our families, colleagues... or even to the world?

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  • Sep 6 2012: A human being should not be seen in the same way as a car, a diamond, a house or any other thing that can be bought with money.
    If someone loses a loved one, no amount of money can replace that person; even one can not get an amputated leg or a damaged eye in the market as one would get a new suit or an I-phone.

    In the workplace we are usually paid for the value we bring to what we do, the skills and the expertise, and the services we offer. We are not paid as if the human being can have a price tag.
    And we can offer more by acquiring knowledge(education/training), and experience; by hardwork, discipline and improved productivity.

    As for our families we are not only loved because we are valuable; we are valuable because we are loved.
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    Sep 11 2012: Gee I hope not. I consider my intrinsic value to be that which is endemic to any human. Read Erich Fromm's book " To Have or to be" for a fuller explanation.
  • Sep 10 2012: To say each of us is a brand is to model individual persons on incorporated persons. The value for the latter is measured in dollars. The value of the former is more complex.
    While the latter establishes and increases its value through activities often destructive, the former creates value through the pursuit of wisdom, commitment to authenticity and participating in local community affairs.
  • Sep 8 2012: Once again, things don't cost money.
    They cost people. People have real value because of time they spend interacting with others.
    The value of humans in the lives of other humans in this rigged endeavor of survival, is invaluable and not calculable by money. Money only cheapens human value. It never enriches it. Cheap labor is always more attractive over costly labor but it is always people who do what money cannot, because nothing costs money. It costs people.

    And I'm not a brand. I'm not a commodity. I am a valuable resource, thus a valuable human being
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    Sep 7 2012: How much was the salary of Socretes / Khayyam / Rumi / Kautillya / vinchi / Galileo.....and so on?
    Are they valuable ?......If yes how they earned such timeless value to mankind?
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    Sep 7 2012: Money as value is an illusion. Those pieces of paper in your wallet are promissory notes - representing debt or the opposite of value. You are not negative value.
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      Sep 7 2012: Money can be misleading indeed. It is one way to measure someone or something's value, but it is definitely not the only way to measure that value.

      Besides economical value, there's also stuff like sentimental value, enjoyment value, historical value, practical value, the value to strive for perfection, etc.
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    Sep 7 2012: I agree with Linda. I may have a reputation in my line of work, but a person's value in the world is not his salary.
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    Sep 7 2012: I disagree with your major premise. I am NOT a brand. My salary and my profession have nothing to do with my value. They are simply tools I use.

    The only person that I need to worry about valuing me is me. I do not need to increase my value to anyone else.

    Be true to yourself.
  • Sep 6 2012: A human being should not be seen in the same way as a car, a diamond, a house or any other thing that can be bought with money.
    If someone loses a loved one, no amount of money can replace that person; even one can not get an amputated leg or a damaged eye in the market as one would get a new suit or an I-phone.

    In the workplace we are usually paid for the value we bring to what we do, the skills and the expertise, and the services we offer. We are not paid as if the human being can have a price tag.
    And we can offer more by acquiring knowledge(education/training), and experience; by hardwork, discipline and improved productivity.

    As for our families we are not only loved because we are valuable; we are valuable because we are loved.