What Are You Worth?

As I was tweeting my daily dosage of "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, I came across an interesting concept that made me stop. 

It is one thing to want money, but it is something entirely different to be worth more! Many people mistake their wants for just dues. Your financial requirements or wants have nothing to do with your worth. Your value is established entirely by your ability to render useful service or your capacity to induce others to render such service.
— Napoleon Hill

There are so many people walking around talking about they want a million dollars, but nothing in their behavior displays million dollar material. There is no such thing as obtaining something for nothing. Not to demean lottery participants, but many people desire easy ways to acquire money. It's probably one of the reasons why nearly 70% of lottery winners go broke. As Hill stated, "Quick riches are more dangerous than poverty."

After reading the section about worth in "Think and Grow Rich," it made me think about whether my actions of being a full-time creative writing entrepreneur are worth what I seek financially. Truth is? No, they aren't worth it. Think about it:

  • Are you waking up at least 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning?

  • Are you putting in 4 hours on top of the full-time job you have? (In my case 8-10 hours teaching 4th graders and an additional 4 or so hours putting in time with writing at home).

  • If you don't have a full time job, are you putting in the same 8 hour schedule you would if you were traditionally employed?

  • Are you abstaining from TV, especially binge watching?

  • Are you indulging in mindless debates online?

  • Are you sharing pointless memes and other internet videos that aren't productive?

  • Are you securing more clients/buyers?

  • Do you have a network of people willing to work with and for you?

  • Do you work through weekends and holidays?

I could go on. 

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To paraphrase Dr. Eric Thomas in this video, I'll leave you with this:

How are you going to be the best and you still wake up late and watch TV. You wake up and give 70%. Whatever 30% you're doing, give it up.