One day my grandfather gave me an old watch, explaining to me that his father carried this watch during his time serving in World War I.
Upon giving me this watch my grandfather asked me to take it to the local pawn shop and jewelers to get it appraised. Not quite sure the reason for the ask, I reluctantly agreed. When I returned with the watch, I informed my grandfather the pawn shop offered $150 and the jeweler offered $325.
“Now take it to the museum, and ask what they would give for it”, my grandfather said. So I visited the museum and, too my surprise, they offered me $750,000. 😳
After returning to my grandfather and explaining the large offer from the museum, he told me “There will be many people in your life, surround yourself with people that recognize your value.”
This fictional story was an adaptation of an old parable about a dying father, his son and an old family watch. It really touched me and forced me to understand and recognize those around me which do not acknowledge or realize my value.
We will often times find ourselves challenged with difficult decisions, especially when it comes to value recognition. Coming in the form of family, friends, colleagues and even your employers; lack of value recognition leads to negativity and ultimately unhappiness.