Too many of us undervalue what we do.
We forget that our time, experience and skills matter. Don’t. You have something that people need.
Consider this -
A woman in Paris spots Picasso in a cafe. She begs and pleads him to sketch her…he finally relents, whips out his pad and draws a sketch of her.
She’s delighted. “How much do I owe you?” she asks.
“$5,000,” he replies.
“$5,000!” she exclaims. “But it only took you 2 minutes!”
“No madam,” he replies. “It took me my life”.
Your value is not simply the time or effort you spent on something. You are not a taxi-cab, don’t charge by the minute.
Together, your skill, perspective and experience, create a one-of-a-kind product that can’t be replicated by anyone. When will you stop ‘building your portfolio’? Is it time to stop fetching coffee to ‘prove yourself’? This belief will get rid of those looking for a “deal”, leaving you with people who have a value based mindset. Their appreciation (and your new found free time), will motivate and inspire you like never before.