If nothing else, be useful

If you have to choose one, do you want to be “nice” or do you want to be useful?

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

The more useful you are to people, the more money you make. It’s not the other way around.

Too many people have the notion that once they become rich they will do the right thing. That’s analogous to a bicycle racer promising to practice once he or she wins the Tour de France. Life doesn’t work that way.

Furthermore, you can be the “nicest” person in the room but if you cannot contribute something of value to the discussion, particularly to solve an important problem, don’t be surprised if you aren’t invited in the future.

However, if you plan ahead and do research beforehand, getting to the bottom of that important problem, then offering practical solutions, you will be viewed as a useful and valuable member of the team. If you keep this up consistently, you can name your price, because others will face the pain of not having you there.

Indeed, it is difficult to be a truly nice person unless you are useful. You are so nice that you worked hard and spent the time to make people’s lives better. If that isn’t real kindness, I don’t know what is.

So in summary, if you are useful, you can be rich. But if you are extremely useful, you can be rich-rich. You want to be rich-rich.