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TipsForSuccess: What is Your Most Valuable Asset?


What is Your Most Valuable Asset?

Of all your assets, which one is most valuable? Your investments? Savings account? Coin collection?

Which of your assets makes you the most money? Your business? Your career? Your education?

While those are valuable, one of your assets is more valuable than all others. This asset is essential to your income. No manager, professional or employee can succeed without it.

This asset is key to all of your relationships at work and home. In fact, without this asset your life is miserable.

"The most valuable asset we have, actually, is our ability to understand, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be decent." -- L. Ron Hubbard

For example, you help a lady with her car trouble without being asked. You feel great. Later, you are feeling depressed and you see the lady in a store. She brightens your day with more thanks. You return to work with more energy.

As another example, you arrive for an appointment for a job or to sell something. The receptionist is busy and rude. You remain kind and patient. After your meeting, you learn the receptionist is the company owner's wife who was just filling in for a few minutes. She tells her husband how nice you are.

The Scottish Farmer

Whenever you do the right thing, you add to your success as this story demonstrates.

One day, while working his rocky field in Scotland, a farmer named Fleming heard someone crying for help in a bog (swampy area). He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. He found a terrified little boy stuck to his waist in black muck. The boy's struggles were pulling him deeper into the bog. The farmer pulled the boy out of the bog and saved him from a slow, horrible death.

The next day, a carriage pulled up to the farmer's cottage. A well-dressed man stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy.

"I want to repay you," said the man. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the farmer replied.

At that moment, the farmer's son came to the door of the cottage.

"Is that your son?" the man asked.

"Yes," the farmer replied.

"I'll make you a deal. I'm a wealthy man. Let me take your son and give him a good education. If your son is like you, he'll grow to be a man you can be proud of."

They agreed and the farmer's son left with the man.

In time, Fleming's son graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London. He became known throughout the world as Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the wealthy man's son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin.

The name of the wealthy man? Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

Have you ever been happy you helped someone without being asked? Has anyone ever repaid your kind act to them when you did not expect it? You can probably think of several examples. If you cannot, you have a new way to become more successful.

Four Ways You Can Enrich Your Most Valuable Asset Today

Write down the answers to these questions.

1. Who should you take the time to better understand?

2. What right things should you be doing?

3. With whom could you show more kindness?

4. What are the most decent things you can do?

Now do some or all of the above as soon as possible, starting today!

By enriching your most valuable asset, you significantly increase your chances of success.

Copyright © 2006 All rights reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to L. Ron Hubbard Library for permission to reproduce selections from the copyrighted works of L. Ron Hubbard.

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