On the 25th of February, Teens Going for Gold Network organized an online semianr on WhatsApp where Ibiwoye Victoria, Director of One African Child was the guest speaker. The following are key points that were gleaned from the seminar. It is certainly worth your time.
According to the famous Albert Einstein sharing on value, he said “Try not to become a man or woman
of success, rather be a man or woman of value”.
What then is Value?
Values are set of principles, standards of behaviour, convictions and beliefs that we adopt consistently
as guidelines in our daily activities whether we are conscious of them or not.
Values are like our mantra, they are what attract others to us. They connect others to our soul. Our values
show the part of us that people do not see physically. I will like to ask you to list 5 values that you hold in
high esteem. These five values can significantly sum up your value system.
As changemakers of the 21st century, our goal is not to be successful because success can fade. Our goal is to
be valuable. Once you’re valuable, instead of chasing success, success will attract itself to you. Value is much more sustainable
Briefly, I’ll like to share with you Five ways to Be Valuable
1. Don’t be afraid to re-assess your values. Re-assessing includes knowing when you’re wrong and
admitting to your mistakes.
2. Be optimistic and stay positive.
I’m sure we’ve all had experiences working in an environment with low morale and generally lousy attitude
and that takes the toll on us after a while. I’ve heard people say, “I’m naturally angry! That’s who I am!”
You can change that narrative. Stay positive and be consistent with your values and you’ll attract like minds.
It doesn’t matter what background you had or the community you live in, you can choose to be different! To
be exceptional. To be phenomenal.
3.To be valuable and attract value, you must be willing to freely share your ideas
There is no competition in sharing your values.
As a matter of fact, shared values bring about shared insights,
more knowledge and intuition with other innovative thinkers like you!
Being a great leader isn’t just about knowing when to share your expertise, it is also about knowing when to
yield the floor to someone else. Does your team see you as a Dictator, an opportunist or a real leader?
4. Make your values transparent. Don’t just say them, show them for they speak louder than
If you were to describes yourself in 5 words that really speak of who you are, what would they be?
5. Finally, as a value creator, make yourself a resource.
Leaders are resources, they create values that not only sustain them but also values that creates sustainability
for our world. Don’t just be a knowledge resource, be an emotional resource. Have compassion for the
community that you live in, think about the things you’d like to change and take bold steps today to make a
Your values should drive you but we also need to be rational in our thinking. For example if you are a creator
of ideas, you also have to be rational in thinking about the idea you want to implement. Is it realistic, is it achievable, is it
possible? You must think creatively before you venture into a project or cause.
6. Have a Mentor.
It is always helpful to have a mentor who shares the same values as you and strongly believes in your values.
Director, One African Child