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  • Writer's pictureSergiu Lazar

How to Embrace Your True Worth

In school and in life, we're often taught to chase grades and compare ourselves to others. Think about it, remember when in school your parents were asking what grade "John" got in comparison with yours? From an early age, we were wired to chase those elusive numbers, comparing ourselves relentlessly to our peers. Now grades turned into who has a higher salary, a bigger house, or a fancier car. But let's break free from this mindset and discover a new perspective on success. Life has so much more to offer than just the pursuit of grades. In this blog post, I want to share with you my personal journey and offer advice on breaking free from the grading mindset, embracing your uniqueness, and redefining success based on your own terms and goals.

  1. Work Smart, Not Hard: Throughout my academic journey, I believed that success meant working tirelessly and accumulating numerous achievements. However, I soon realized that the quantity of work I produced didn't always correlate with the quality of my output. It was a valuable lesson to learn that true success lies in working smart, not just working hard. By focusing on delivering exceptional results and doing my best work, I discovered a new level of satisfaction and effectiveness. It's about channeling your efforts into what truly matters and making a lasting impact, rather than striving to do more than anyone else.

  2. Measuring What Matters: At work or in business, make sure you focus on the right metrics. At the end of the day or year, make sure you can showcase your work in clear numbers. Keep in mind though, that life is more than numbers. True accomplishments lie in the impact you make and the growth you experience, which sometimes occur outside of work.

  3. Embracing Your Uniqueness: I found myself numerous times caught in the never-ending cycle of comparison. However, at some point I realised that celebrating my own strengths and talents was far more empowering than striving to be someone I wasn't. Embracing my uniqueness allowed me to forge my own path and contribute in ways that felt authentic and fulfilling. I encourage you to do the same—discover your strengths, cultivate your passions, and create a positive impact by embracing what sets you apart. Moreover, implementing this advice might not work if you're in the wrong environment. In case you're not in a position to showcase your strengths, you don't get the trust of your manager or peers to own and deliver results or you're not taken seriously, then what you actually need is getting out of your comfort zone and changing the environment.

  4. The Entrepreneurial Perspective: As a business owner or entrepreneur, it's normal to be the one setting the goals, implementing, and then reviewing everything. It can be overwhelming, you might constantly self-doubt if you're doing enough and if you're on the right track. As I found myself in this bucket as well, I learned that setting 1-2 high-level measurable goals per year is enough to silence the "perfectionist devil" on my shoulder. Also, having periodical catch-ups (aka "complaining sessions") with fellow entrepreneurs to support and advise each other is 10x better than therapy.

We have been conditioned to believe that grades and external markers define our worth. But it's time to break free from that narrow mindset and redefine success on our own terms. I hope to inspire you to embrace your true worth, prioritize quality over quantity, align metrics with your values, celebrate your uniqueness, and seek support from like-minded individuals. Remember, your worth is immeasurable—keep striving, learning, and embracing the incredible journey that awaits you!

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