Why do I charge for some of my work & have zero issue making fair money off of what I do?
SHORT ANSWER: I am not a thief, a beggar, nor a socialist. Personally speaking, none of these are a fit for me. Rather, I believe that freedom and prosperity are earned, not automatically given. I prefer a win/win relationship in my associations, rather than being in a lose/win, win/lose, or lose/lose scenario.
LONG ANSWER: I actually enjoy giving freely. I believe in good charity. However, I will never submit to being forced to do so. I reserve the right to use my own discretion in this regard. Given the direction of the world at present, I recommend you consider adopting that mindset for yourself, but to each their own.
I love what I do, invest heavily in what I do, believe in what I do, work extremely hard at what I do, and actually put most of my work out for free. This is a risk I take knowing that if my free work and content are top shelf, people will freely support my work via my paid content/services etc., which must also be top shelf, or I go broke. That is both the incentive and the risk any entrepreneur must take, and rarely if ever, gets any recognition for.
I believe that for sound relationships/partnerships/trades/transactions to occur between human beings, incentive MUST be built in on BOTH SIDES. Anyone telling you different is a scammer IMO.
Personally speaking, I willingly do the beyond full-time hours to DEVELOP great value. Those who value the result of that work support it voluntarily, those who don’t, move on. Natural law. Wouldn’t have it any other way to be honest.
I don’t “charge money for the Truth.”😆 I always get a kick out of that accusation. The Truth is freely available to all who are willing to go through the time and effort to seek it out for themselves. When I used to run a martial arts/fitness 🥋🥊 business back in the day when humans congregating together to sweat and bleed on each other was actually a thing, I never made a dime off of “selling martial arts.” I earned my income by working extremely hard, taking on all the risk in order to pay for and provide a space for training, by investing in my own education so I would be capable of offering the best service of value possible, and by teaching others the skills and knowledge I personally invested in and developed over my time in the professional martial arts field. I groomed many who went on to start their own businesses. That field is highly competitive so you really have to know your stuff in order to make a living. Not much different from my present field of work.
*If you have ever charged your boss for your time and labor, or charged your own customers for a product or service, you’ll understand. If you create nothing but demand everything, as our present media and culture are currently glorifying at every possible opportunity, you won’t understand.
Like any other, I charge money for the unique value I feel I bring to the table with my creations. If I’m wrong in my value assessment, the people let me know by skipping past my online kiosk.
Because I fully realize that nothing is new under the sun☀️, I cite and point to every source I lean on or integrate into my work, so that their contribution to my life and my various project(s) are not stolen by me in the process. I purchase their works in the exchange of what they offer me in return, which is usually more than I end up paying. If I have ever missed a source in this regard, I humbly apologize. My intent is to do business honorably and yet, I am imperfect.
I believe that what I charge for or get sponsored, is more than a fair trade. The process of creation is not free, it’s a steep investment of time, money, education, risk & ENERGY. Everything is energy. It’s either wasted, or efficiently utilized for maximum benefit for all involved in the energy exchange. Many detest risk. Thank God for those who embrace it or we would be a distant memory on Earth’s timeline. (Still a possibility...)👇🏻
Contrary to popular opinion, things don’t just magically appear out of nowhere. “Whhaaaattt!?!?” Yup. True story. The Truth is, true entrepreneurs are only rewarded publicly for what they have sacrificed and practiced for years privately (take the Int’l bankers and their fiat rigged economy bull$hit off the table here. They are a pack of losers & pirates and are not entrepreneurs. There’s a massive difference. I am talking about underlying principles of honest value exchange.✅).
I never lock people into contracts. All are free to come and go as they please because I believe in merit, not ass-umptions. I believe in freedom of choice. I believe that it’s on me to earn respect not demand it, and to bring big value if I am asking for value in return. If what I offer sucks, it’s on me to either do better or suffer the consequences. If someone then steals that value from me, it’s on them to suffer the consequences of that theft. Nature itself demands this same exchange rate from you in every regard. Every inhale requires an exhale. We often forget this due to the illusion of unlimited access to the creations of others who have come before us. We take far too much for granted. I’ll just go ahead and say it, If the lights ever go out, we will soon know who the real entrepreneurs are. Make sure you friend some now...
I have no excuses for making a living doing what I believe I was put here to do, nor do I need to make any. I earned my way through blood sweat and tears. Literally. It was those early trials, mistakes and lessons on the way to where I am now that made me truly believe in the value of what I offer. If I didn’t, you wouldn’t engage my content/products/services because they would be total shite. Agreed?
“We see things not as they are, but as we are.” - Anais Nin
☝🏻Keep this in mind at all times.
Observe nature. I mean really observe it. It’s a massive system of give and receive. Any system or creature that only gives, or only receives, gets wiped out. Nature has a funny way of balancing things out. Nature also rewards sacrifice. Not of virgins or animal “offerings to the gods,” but of personal investment into the process of creating something out of nothing. Humans must sacrifice in order to create something out of nothing, in order to survive, and in order to have or gain anything of value. Nothing is free in the end, except your WILL (by “nothing” I am speaking figuratively.😉).
Funny how we are cool with earning money doing things we hate or don’t really believe in, yet so many shake fingers at those who make money doing things they love and really believe in. Weird! Probably largely due to a combination of envy and a brutal public education system.
The way I see it, fortune and freedom favors the brave, the disciplined, the creative, the free. These qualities cannot be stolen and are earned, they are not automatic. The world will never grant you freedom. That’s a gift that you give yourself through your own efforts. Basically, if you’re expecting handouts in life, wrong planet. (Sorry Trudeau. Someone lied to you big time man. Can I have my hard earned money back now pls? That’d be greaaaaat.)
Don’t listen to those around you shaming you for making sound money. All the wrong people have the money because they never earned it, all the right people who would earn it properly and do good with it are too brainwashed by the wrong people to stay broke and out of the way.
Money is simply a medium of energy exchange. (Still not talking about fiat-debt-based-wanker-banker money). We don’t have to play the banker’s/government’s dirty games. We can do proper business together properly and starve them out of the game entirely. It all starts up here 👉🏻🧠
So there you have it. Agree, disagree, love it, hate it, it’s all up to you. I for one hope you go out there and stake YOUR claim on this crazy planet. Ignore the crabs in the bucket on the way. They secretly admire you. 🦀 ❤️
From me to you, I wish you all the success in the world. It’s yours for the creating. 👊🏻🔥