A fighting spirit.
That’s the phrase that comes to mind when I reflect on the people who sacrificed for the rights of African Americans, while also setting the standard for how all people are to be treated.
As a former refugee from Sudan, Black History Month provides me with an opportunity to reflect on the freedoms I have in the U.S., many of which I admittedly take for granted today. When I think about leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and many others, one of the lessons that quickly comes to mind is the importance of knowing your value.
In honor of those who understood their value and fought for it, here are three ways that you can be aware of your value as you maneuver through business:
Know the value of your skill set by understanding your market value. When it comes to pricing, being aware of your value in the marketplace will help you better determine what you are willing to work for and who your ideal client is, all while contributing to a shorter negotiation process.
In business, we quickly associate value with our ability to achieve set goals. However, value is more than just our ability to reach business goals– it is also about the inherent benefits we bring to our professional relationships as people.
As an entrepreneur, you have the unique advantage of choosing your clients– so choose to work with people who have personalities that will help you both have a mutually beneficial working relationship.
Many women are taught to understand their value and never tolerate verbal or emotional abuse when it comes to personal relationships. Yet today, many women (for financial or other reasons) still put up with verbal and emotional abuse in their business relationships, by working with people (clients, co-workers, supervisors, etc.) who do not treat them with value and dignity.
After attempting to resolve a situation, do not let fear hold you back from moving forward from a professional relationship that does not contribute positively to your sense of value as a person.
Got a business partner who always promises but fails to deliver?
Cut off the string. You don’t need to be on the emotional yoyo of promises and disappointments. You are worth someone’s honesty and commitment.
This Black History Month, honor those who defended (and those who still defend) the value of others by acknowledging areas in which you can better understand your value in business and life in general. Grow in awareness of your market value, choose to work with people with personalities that are compatible with yours, and know when to say goodbye to partners that are better at promising than delivering.
Timer Paida is a former refugee from Sudan, who arrived in the United States in 1999. Since arriving in the U.S. at seven years old, Timer has gone on to earn her master’s degree and gain experience managing and marketing accounts in the governmental and for-profit sectors. Today, Timer advocates for small businesses owners by helping them grow their businesses through marketing strategy and leadership development. Click here to learn more about Timer.