Making Yourself Invaluable

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Genesis 29:10 “And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.”

Jacob had several glaring weaknesses in his life, but he had some traits that made him invaluable that caused him to excel in life. The great thing about having character is that it will often outshine the weaknesses you have in life so that you can excel in all that you do. Character is one of the great separators in life from those who do great things and those who meander in life and do nothing. When you look at Jacob’s life, there are several character traits he had that will cause anyone to be invaluable no matter what they do in life. Let me share these traits with you.

First, he was industrious. In the verse above, nobody had to tell him to help these ladies to roll the stone away from the well’s mouth, he simply did it on his own. No matter where Jacob went, he was industrious and produced for those he worked. Nothing will separate you from the crowd like being a hard-working individual who produces. Many people stay busy throughout the day, but very few produce and accomplish things. You will always guarantee yourself a job if you produce more than anyone else. The easiest way to guarantee job security is to be industrious and produce more than anyone else.

Second, he was a self-starter. Nobody had to tell Jacob to roll the stone away, he did it on his own. If you always have an excuse as to why you cannot do something, you will always stay where you are on the job and in life. Those who do without being told are those who rise in position. If the boss always has to tell you to do your job, you can be replaced by thousands of others who have to be told what to do. However, you become invaluable if you do what you are supposed to do without being told to do it. If the boss doesn't have to be concerned if a job is going to be done because you are a self-starter, you make yourself much more valuable than the one who may be a good worker but has to be told what to do.

Third, Jacob was a thinker who resolved problems without having to depend on others. This may be one of the greatest ways to rise in position. When you continuously run to your boss or supervisor to ask how to resolve problems, you will always be replaceable by someone who can resolve problems. Only a person who thinks will learn how to resolve problems. Becoming a problem solver instead of an excuse maker will cause you to be one who can lead others. A boss needs leaders who can resolve problems on their own so that he can give his energy to moving the organization to new heights.

Fourth, Jacob was dependable to do the unpleasant without complaining. When you look at Jacob’s life, he often did what others did not want to do, and probably what he didn't want to do. If you bow out with excuses because you don't want to do something, you have just told your leader that you can't be depended on; thus, you relegate yourself to being expendable.

My friend, these four things will make you invaluable in any place of employment or career. These are a choice you can make if you want to make yourself invaluable to all.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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