Jeff Bezos’ Final Letter to Shareholders as Amazon CEO

If you want to be successful in business (in life, actually), you have to create more than you consume. Your goal should be to create value for everyone you interact with. Any business that doesn’t create value for those it touches, even if it appears successful on the surface, isn’t long for this world. It’s on the way out.

Jeff Bezos

So, so true. Could be applicable to anything or anyone. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind. Render help whenever possible. Smile at the janitor. Hold the door for the next person. Saying a sincere thank you to the tired coffee maker who has been standing for 8 hours could mean the world to her.

In the context of the working world, everyone is dispensable. To be useful, you have to create value. Make yourself as unsackable as possible by putting in value.

Not always true pure numbers and figures. Could be refining the flow and processes so things could be better. Could be bettering existing relationship with vendors and customers. Could be mentoring fellow colleagues. The possibilities are infinite.

The bottom line is – create value.

(via Daring Fireball)