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Does This Add Value To You

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
1 min read


I used to find it hard to resist wanting to get the newest shiniest objects. But these days I’ve gotten better.

The question I ask

Before I make any purchase, I would ask myself this question:

How does this thing add or create value for me?

By asking this question, it forces me to think whether I really need the item or is it more of an impulse purchase.

Add versus create value

There is a huge difference between adding value and creating value.

When something adds value to your life it makes your life better. For instance, a smartwatch really added value to my life. It allows me to send text messages to my wife without even touching my phone.

That is useful to me. Especially when I’m with my kids and my hands are full.

In contrast, when something creates value in your life, that’s a whole new level.

The Surface Pro 3 really created value for me. I paid for the top-of-the-line version and it was well worth it. It’s my main workhorse and I was able to build my website, create podcasts, and training videos.

Principle is applicable elsewhere

This same principle of asking, how does this add or create value to my life, is applicable to other areas in your life.

When deciding whether to watch TV, read a book, or practice your craft, you can ask yourself that same question.

So how does reading this add or create value to your life?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.