You can be rich either by devoting most of your time to a moneymaking venture or, you can wait many years and be rich by saving a percentage of your income -with the power of compound interest.
Money is a notional thing it is your purchasing power at any given time. You should kknow that money is what it is – a value of something it can be exchanged for.
Money is Value
When you make money by working at your job or business, it’s a value you are creating for your employer or customers. You are earning in exchange for providing this value. If you want to make a million dollars in X amount of time, ask yourself how to create a value worth a million dollars in X amount of time. Don’t think in terms of how you can get a million dollars in currency notes.
When you stop thinking about currency notes or adding a few extra zeroes to your net worth, you will automatically stop thinking about Lottery, gambling and penny stock, for example. In these examples you do nothing but gamble. You may make money, you may lose money.
During my early days of investing, I often pondered buying penny stocks, which would grow into a giant corporation rendering me a couple million dollars in profit. That was just ridiculous thinking on my part. It only happens in dreams and to filthy lucky ones in real life.
People do win lotteries, people do inherit estates, and there are claims of making huge sums in stock market gambling as well. They are one-off cases, not sustainable. Even if you win a lottery, you can’t repeat the feat again. We shouldn’t waste our time waiting for a windfall.
As simple as it sounds, to make $1000, you need to create value of $1000. That’s the easiest way of making money and becoming rich that I know of.
That’s because money is value. That’s how the universe works; that’s how the natural order is maintained.
The values of things were always there. Money, the way we know it, currency notes, were created by human beings. Money is just a medium of exchanging values between people. We spend money to buy value and then enhance its value further to get back more money. The value is shapeless and formless but it’s of tremendous importance.
To Earn $X, Create $X Value
Can you name someone who’s known for his monetary wealth and not for his value creation? Rockefeller, America’s first billionaire is more regarded for his oil business. Wikipedia lists this about Rockefeller:
“Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy.” That’s mentioned in the beginning of the page, before they started talking about his wealth. Talk about Bill gates, Steve jobs they created tremendous value in our life, they didn’t win lottery or gambled in stock market.
When you are about to die, you’ll measure your success by how many people love you and how much value you created for them. Not by how much money you have in the bank. That’s the last test of how you’ve lived your life.
In your endeavor to create value, you’ll have your fair share of obstacles. But as with achieving anything good, you need to overcome all the difficulties. Are you prepared?
When I started this blog, I wasn’t concerned with the revenue generation aspects of it, at all. People who know about this blog used to wonder, “How much can you earn blogging?” and “There are so many bloggers writing about personal finance”. They wondered if I would be able to earn any money at all. Now I am earning money. There is no gambling here, people come to this blog to get some value. They come back again to read more. Some of them keep coming and read every post.
With every visit my earning grows, there are other writers writing about personal finance, but there’s something in my work as well because of which people visit my blog. I don’t think anybody has any less potential to earn money than others. There is no limit, as I said earlier, Money is value and there’s no limit of value in this world.
More value you create for others, the richer you’ll become in the long run. Just don’t lose heart. It will take time and effort to spread the message of the value you are creating. Once it’s out, there’s no stopping, as long as the value proposition is maintained.
Likewise, regardless of what you want to do in life, there is no limit to how much you can earn. It is independent of a set path. The revenue-generation potential is independent of what you do. It’s got everything to do with how much value you’re bringing to the world, and nothing to do with how lucrative that career path may seem.
Many of us see drawing as a hobby that would hardly earn any money, but the top artists earn more money than we can ever imagine.
The same goes for every other professions out there, be it designing, cooking, painting, teaching, acting, sports, fitness, racing, writing, blogging, photography, videography, computer programming and so on. It’s all about the value you can create for the outside world. As long as you create value, people will pay money for it.
To make $X, you need to generate a product or service that someone else wants to have for $X. How can you create this $X of value for others ?
Whether this value creation comes from selling a product or a service, or even a bright idea; look what Michael Zuckerberg did. He saw value in providing people (social animals) an online social atmosphere. And, that value addition changed our lives forever.
If you want to make money, start thinking what can you do to help change others’ lives for the better? The more value you create, the more money you’ll make. The more you can enhance their lives, the more they’ll want to pay.
Change your thoughts about making money. Think about ways to achieve your financial goals. Start by first thinking in terms of the value that you are going to create for takers.
Think about how you can create value worth $10,000; don’t think about “How can I make $10,000?”
Take a piece of paper and answer the following questions:
- What’s Your Financial Goal? What is your biggest financial goal now? How much do you want to earn?
- Build Self Awareness – Stop seeing this goal as a monetary, financial goal. Rather, start seeing it in terms of the value you need to create.
- How To Create – How do you intend to create this $10,000 of value for others? Think of as many ways as possible. Some questions to help you narrow down the search:
- Who are the people you need to create value for?
- What are the biggest needs of those people?
- What needs of your target population are not met by others before you?
- What are you better at doing that you can offer?
- What will be most (or more) beneficial to others?
- How can you make them aware of your work toward their benefits?
- Do you need external help? Where can you get help?
The money you earn is a result of you creating value for others. As long as you keep this principle in mind, you’ll continue to get ahead toward being rich! Ending it with immortal Warren Buffet quote for us to think.
I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute ~ Warren Buffett
Financial Success for Young Adults says
Creating value for others is exactly what made me get started with my blog. It’s true that when you think about money that way, you will start coming up with all sorts of ways to create value and money will find you.
I do tend to think that I am also creating value out of this blog. Readers, do you agree?
Jeremy @ Personal Finance Whiz says
That’s why these get rich quick schemes never work. Look at anyone who is wealthy – they got where they are today because the provided a significant amount of value and they were rewarded for it.
Like you said, focus on providing value first and the money will follow.
Only legal way to make quick money is to apply your brain and create a value for others.
SB I like your become rich articles. I think I should leave day job now. No risk no gain. I cannot forever work for someone
Hey Diego! Where have you been all these days? Man taking risk is one think and calculated risk is another. Did you think about retirement enough?
I think the most important thing is creating a value and really understanding it.
A value that can have a mass appeal.
Tony @ Investorz Blog says
But there are a lot of get-rich-quick guys out there who preach what they think. But then again, a lot of those preachers were just lucky to have been in the right time, right place.
Also their numbers are limited. Couple of hundred did make a lot of money in stock market. But I am sure they worked hard and created a system to make money by stock trading.
Love this post, will be Tweeting and Facebooking it! Not enough people think about money this way. Focus on doing something that you love while helping others and eventually the money will find you.
That’s exactly what I meant. Thanks Matt for your valuable comment
I just wrote a quick post in which I referenced and linked to this one @ http://money.ramblingfever.com/2011/11/how-to-make-money-doing-what-you-love.html
Thanks for the inspiration!
Glad I could be of help.
Roshawn @ Watson Inc says
This is a very refreshing way to think about wealth generation. I hear this echoed by businessmen, but I generally don’t read it amongst bloggers. The wheels are turning about what value I will be bringing. Thanks for the admonishment!!!!
Aren’t you already creating value with your blog. I was reading your BOM winning post and got so much value out of it. Continue that, you are creating values already
I agree with Roshawn. Create value and readers will appreciate it. Build it and they will come. 🙂
I’ll have to think like this more often.
Oh yes. Think only about quality of your posts not PR not back links…they will come if your content is valuable
Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter says
Awesome post. I totally agree. Value is what matter not monetary amount. I really try to live my life this way. I don’t want to get old and have regrets. I always try to follow my heart and do what I enjoy.
If you create value by doing what you love, money would follow for sure. Thanks for commenting
Forex Agent says
The more value you create, the more money you are going to attract. Just like building up a list. If you have a list of subscribers, you must provide quality information for your subscribers, the more value you created for them, the more likely they are going to spend in you.
Absolutely, first create the demand for more of your materials. Then offer values added service products. Don’t just try to sell a sub standard product. You’ll be caught and punished. Remember you’ll money as per the value of the material.
Author of 259 Trillion Vs 5 Trillion says
Hello There SB,
Your assessment of money as containing value, is spot on. The web is so full with people who are saying money has no value. This is certainly isn’t true. Money is representing value, although money itself, has no value.
People often confused between money and other kind of assets. I hope you can continue guide others in this.
Glad you liked it, appreciate your comment!
Martin Dunn says
Thats very true Laurence!
I think before we assume its difficult, let examine what you can do for online people. If you find a good way, making money online or offline is equally easy.
how to be super rich says
Excellent take on value and money.
Dollar D @ The Dollar Disciple says
If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.
That, to me, is the essence of creating value.
This is excellent quote. Yes a value is valuable only when other like and use it.
Loved your article. Something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay. Know the value of your products or services and promote yourself.
Stock Tips Investment says
Thanks for your post that I found very interesting and timely. I agree with the theme of creating value. I would like to provide a concept that I think is important. On the issue of value there is also what is called the target value and perceived value. It is therefore very important that our customers and readers perceive (give a subjective value) to our work.
mike crosby says
Can you tell me where that picture was taken? Thanks, Mike
San Paulo, Brazil
Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin says
Wow! Such an easy concept yet one that I couldn’t come up with on my own. It’s amazing how a quick article can change your thinking forever. Right now I’m striving to value online through blogging.
Jonathan Craig says
Love this post. Warren Buffett considers money to be a claim check for your time. X amount of dollars equals Y amount of your time. What is an item really worth to you?