“Money is an echo of value;
it’s the thunder to value’s lightning.”
In other words, the value comes first. Provide value and — so long as you are willing to receive — you will make money.
People tend to really get this statement. I believe most people intuitively understand this very basic characteristic of Capitalism; that we are rewarded for providing value. And, the more value we provide to a large number of people, the more income with which we are rewarded.
However, one reader saw it from a different angle and asked:
“Does this mean if someone does not have much money, they are not valuable?”
And, I appreciate her question. It’s a good question because, while her interpretation is not one I would have considered, obviously, many would; thus it needs to be answered.
And, I believe, the answer is:
“It doesn’t mean that at all. Every human being has great intrinsic value. But it does mean they have not found an effective way to bring or communicate that value to the marketplace.”
Another reader, Amy Wells, a bridal shop owner in San Antonio, Texas, responded:
“I can testify to this last statement, because as I’m learning to communicate my value to my marketplace, my ‘net’ is getting fuller.”
And, there’s more to Amy’s story which I believe makes a very strong case for what we are discussing. We’ll explore further in the next article.