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Defining and building your self-worth

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During one of my counseling sessions, I tried to appease a participant who was feeling vulnerable, criticised and abandoned. ''I am useless. I tried everything yet unsuccessful in anything. I applied for different jobs, but was always rejected. Nobody likes and needs me. I do not think I have any value in life,'' he said. The final words during his emotional outburst caught my attention. That made me question: are we worthless, or do we possess immense value in life?

There was a television series in the 70s titled ''The Six Million Dollar Man.'' After a crash, an astronaut underwent an expensive surgery (thus the title) to rebuild some of his body parts using mechanical installations which gave him strength, speed and power far above the human norms.

If you put a value on each of the organs that you have, what would be the total value of all? Now, compute your ''financial value'' as a human being. I am sure that when you have made the total estimate, the amount might be more than a million dollars.

The question is, how many people realise their self-worth? If you think small, you believe small and act small. Each entity has its unique identity and own objectives to achieve. For example, a Boeing aircraft is not meant for land travel. Its sole purpose is to cruise in the air at a very high speed and travel long distances in the shortest possible time.

Some people are already contented and happy to be on the road when they have an enormous potential to fly towards their dreams. If you do not believe in yourself, you can never expect others to believe in you. You will never know your full potential until you take the decision to act on it.

Your net worth is unimaginable and your mission is to deliver the best that you possibly can with the available resources you have and the situation you are in. Remember, your circumstances do not define your worth, rather you define your worth through your positive contributions.

Handy Hints:

• Self-esteem gives a person the confidence to succeed in life

• Try to regularly develop new skills and enhance existing ones

• Take pride in who you are, what you can contribute to the world

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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company