Why Einstein Said, Try Not to Become a Person of Success But a Person of Value

As long as you keep the value principle in mind, you will eventually create wealth

Thomas Oppong
3 min readMay 2, 2021


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People exchange time and money for value. If you give people what they need or sometimes what they want after they satisfy their needs, you will get what you want.

Creating value is a fundamental principle of success that can work for everyone. The value you create for people is an essential part of your success.
The real-world rewards those who solve problems.

Almost every successful product solves a real need or want. If people don’t find it valuable, they will stop using it at some point.

Amazon is in for the long haul. Buying and selling is not going anywhere. But it gets better. Once they keep adapting to consumer needs, they will keep reaping enormous rewards.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”Albert Einstein said.

When you aim to provide value for others, success is inevitable. It may not be quick, but you will get what you want in the end — lasting success.

There is nothing I value more than timeless knowledge and tools that can help us become better versions of ourselves.

Warren Buffett once said, “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

If you are willing to pay the right price, value is guaranteed.
Want lasting success? Learn to invest in something people care about. Create tools, products, or timeless educational content people will willing to exchange money for.

“The more I help out, the more successful I become. But I measure success in what it has done for the people around me. That is the real accolade,” Adam Grant said in his book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.

Success grows incrementally for people who focus on providing value for others. When you become a person of value, people are more likely to talk about you, share your products, tweet about you, blog about you and share unique stories about how you changed their lives or made them better.



Thomas Oppong

Author | Habits, Philosophy & Psychology. As seen on Forbes, Inc. and Business Insider. For my popular essays, go here: https://thomasoppong.com