“So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?” – Ayn Rand
We all have fears about money. We don’t make enough of it, we spend it too rapidly, and if we ever do get enough of it, we worry that one day it will dry up and the lifestyle that we are living will be gone.
But, this fear of money is actually not a fear about money at all. It’s a fear of your own value, or more specifically, that you lack value. But, the great news is we all have value, however, we have to know what it is and how to communicate it to others.
Money Is Not Evil…Or Good
Money is just neutral. It is simply a representation of value provided and value received. The real currency isn’t the bill or the coin that you have in your wallet, but the value you provided to acquire that bill or coin (for instance, working at your job). When you see a product or service that you find valuable, you exchange the representation of your value for the value that someone else is providing through their product or service (example: buying an ice cream cone). Therefore, money is simply the exchange of value.
Stop thinking in terms of bills and coins and start thinking in terms of your own value.
Don’t Just Set The Table, Eat!
Chasing after money, rather than value, is like being really hungry, but instead of eating you settle for simply setting the table. The appearance of food and eating is there, but your body hasn’t been nourished.
Instead of thinking how you can make more money (being profit driven) think about how you can be of greater value (being value driven). Knowing how you are valuable and how to demonstrate that to others will serve you well. When other people believe that you are valuable to them they will want to give you what you are worth (if they can). This is the real position of security.
How To Find Your Value
Do you know how you are valuable? Doing some self-reflection can help you find it. Think about something you desire to create. Are you a scientist doing research “creating” knowledge? Or, do you have an idea on how to change the process by which your office does business, thereby “creating” efficiency and organization? Maybe you are an artist creating sculptures?
Next, you have to figure out how your desired creation fits the needs of other people. This is tricky, and you may have to modify your creation. Remember, it’s not all about you. 🙂 Even the great Renaissance artists had to paint and sculpt for the wealthiest benefactor of the day – the Catholic Church. Creating for the Pope may not have been their ideal situation but they were able to create great works of art and leave a bit of themselves in their artwork. (And, on an up-note, these works are considered some of mankind’s greatest masterpieces.)
Discover how you are valuable and demonstrate that to others. Money isn’t the root of anything, but value is the root of everything.
Have you discovered how you are valuable? How would you teach others to find their own value? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments section.