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Unpacking Value: Beyond the Money Trail 

money is not equals to value

We all skip those weird advertisements trying to sell us something between those videos on YouTube. Sometimes we don’t buy anything but the other times we just can’t resist giving away our money. When a person is selling you a product or service. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

“Is it free?” I mean that also comes to our mind at some point because it’s naturally tempting to get free products but what about the other thing that comes to your mind. Let me guess…“Does it provide value?” And if not, then why bother buying it? Right!

Honestly, I bet you think that a paid language course that’s available on the internet intrigues you more than a channel that’s giving away that same or even better knowledge for free. 

I’ve seen a lot of people buying courses for thousands of dollars and end up feeling bad when they realize—it was already out there on the internet. Or maybe, the knowledge the course provides was not far fetched but pretty basic. Something you weren’t happy paying for. 

Here’s the thing:

Everything that you pay for, might be available for free. But humans just tend to naturally associate money with value. But do you even know there are other factors that come into play? Let’s pause there for a sec and think beyond the bucks.

Money = Value

You’re browsing online, eyeing that course promising to unravel the mysteries of the universe or that shiny new gadget that seems like it’ll revolutionize your life. You might find the price tag eye-watering, yet you’re enticed, thinking, “This must be worth it.” Why would you choose to pay someone? The answer is simple, you’re expecting to get something in return. Money equals value and vice versa. People don’t always grasp that purchasing a weird branded outfit solely because it’s branded—duh!—is not worth it, in my opinion.

Associating the value of something with the digits on the price tag is almost instinctual, right? We tend to gauge the worth of a product or service based on the cash we’re ready to splurge. Sometimes, it’s that deluxe package promising exclusive access to a wealth of knowledge. Or perhaps it’s that premium product boasting high-end features. We’re drawn to the idea that the more expensive something is, the better it must be – a signal that it’s loaded with value.

You think that a paid course is better than a free one. But I can bet you it’s not true. Just go on YouTube and search for anything. The world has gotten so far. It’s beyond our imagination. Sure, a high price might suggest quality or exclusivity, but it doesn’t always guarantee that what you’re getting is genuinely worth its weight in gold. Think about it – have you ever invested in something pricey, only to realize later that it didn’t quite live up to the hype? Or snagged a bargain that turned out to be an absolute gem, surpassing your expectations?

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Money = Money

Indeed, the realm of money is a significant player in various aspects of our lives. It’s not just about the cash in your wallet; it’s about the financial maneuvers, the strategic moves, and the dance in the world of investments, savings, and the stock market hustle.

When we delve into the concept of ‘money equals money,’ we step into the exhilarating realm of financial strategies. It’s all about ensuring your money works for you – be it through astute investments, steadfast savings plans, or skillfully navigating the unpredictable peaks and troughs of the stock market.

You invest your hard-earned cash in stocks or funds, eyeing that upward trend, that spike in numbers that makes your heart race a bit faster. It’s about flipping through the financial pages, analyzing trends, and making calculated decisions to multiply those digits in your bank account. We do love to make more money out of our cash. And there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as we know our expectations and why we started in the first place. 

Value = Value

Okay, picture this scenario – you’re knee-deep in an internship, pouring your heart and soul into the role. Now, here’s the kicker – it’s unpaid. Yup, no cash flowing in, but guess what? You’re soaking up knowledge like a sponge in a rainstorm. You may not be earning cash but you’re definitely gaining skills and experience that will go a long way. The process is simple, you give the company what they need and you get something in return. No unrealistic expectations attached.

See, value isn’t just about the dollars in your pocket; it’s about what you gain, the intangible treasures that enrich your life. It’s about that learning curve that takes you from “I don’t know” to “I’ve got this!” It’s the chance to grow, to evolve, to sharpen your skills and expand your horizons without a price tag attached.

When you look at someone giving away their knowledge for free. You might think they’re not that experienced and it’s better for you to buy a paid subscription or a course. I have to be honest, they’re not entirely selfless. The more time you spend on their channel—the more watch time they get—equals more engagement. But what do you have to lose? Nothing. You’re gaining value by giving away time. You could also say, Value=Time in this scenario because it’s true. 

Photo of a girl thinking about money and confused about value

Life Beyond Monetary Pursuits

Alright, let’s take a step back and talk about life beyond the hustle for cash. We’re all caught up in this whirlwind of chasing that paycheck, climbing the corporate ladder, and stacking up those digits in the bank. But hold on a sec, let’s get real for a moment.

In our relentless pursuit of that paper, we often put on blinders, focusing solely on making more, having more. We’re fixated on the green stuff, forgetting about life’s simple joys along the way. It’s like we’re on autopilot, chasing money while life’s real treasures slip by unnoticed.

But guess what? Life’s true values aren’t hidden in the zeros of a bank account. Nope, they’re in the small moments, the connections with people, and those little things that light up our days. It’s the shared laughter with friends, the quiet moments of solitude, the smell of fresh rain – those things that money can’t buy.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Now, let’s talk about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Picture it like a pyramid, with different levels showcasing human needs. At the base, you’ve got your basic needs – food, shelter, safety. Yup, money fits into these categories; it covers the essentials to survive.

But here’s the kicker – as you climb up the pyramid, you reach higher-level needs. You’ve got belongingness, love, esteem, and self-actualization. These are the juicy bits, the layers where true fulfillment and meaning reside. It’s about forming connections, feeling loved, having self-worth, and realizing your potential as a person. Money, well, it might get you started on this journey, but it’s these higher layers that truly make life meaningful.

So, when we talk about life beyond monetary pursuits, it’s about understanding that the true richness of life lies beyond the paycheck. It’s in relishing those moments, fostering connections, and finding joy in the simple pleasures that money just can’t buy. It’s about striking that balance between chasing success and savoring life’s real treasures along the way.

money is not equals to value

Final Thoughts

Here’s the bottom line: Money can do a lot of things, but it ain’t the whole story. True value? It’s in the experiences, the relationships, the growth, and the moments that give us the warm fuzzies – stuff money can’t buy.

As long as you’re happy and healthy (so is your family.) Have no disease. You have a roof over your head and you eat clean food. Everything else comes later. You can figure things out. 

Life’s about savoring moments, building connections, and finding joy in the simple stuff that money just can’t grab. In living these values, we uncover the real richness life’s got to offer. I hope you understand that I’m not putting down someone who is trying to sell you something. You don’t have to slam the door in a salesman’s face. But you need to stop underestimating people who are giving away their knowledge for free. 

Just like this blog post full of things you needed to hear. Wink Wink*

Now, come on, comment your thoughts and tell me if you agree with me. I would love to hear your views. Until next time, stay healthy and take yourself out on a solo movie date. And thank me later 🙂


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