I have wondered for long why it appears that a large crop of people from the part of the world where I belong define value in terms of money or tangible items alone.
Not that value doesn’t or cannot include money and tangible items like cars, clothes, shoes, and even phones but to put the concept of value under this narrowed stereoscopic view is myopic.
It is this shallow understanding of value that makes people who do not have physical cash to think of themselves as not being valuable. The danger with this line of thought I that they continually short-change themselves every now and again because they have chosen to believe and accept as truth the societal construct of value.
This past week, I spoke to a congregation of youth on the 21st century business and how business today is about solving problems. There, I shared extensively on what “VALUE” means.
Just before you sell yourself short further, here’s what value really means.
“Value is the capacity of a man to uniquely solve a specific problem of another” -AkynSpeaks
Value is not (at least not alone) the amount of cars, houses, jewelries or phone you own, value is simply the ability or capacity you have that enables you solve a SPECIFIC problem.(specific; because you aren’t Jesus. You cannot solve all problems). In other words, the amount of money you have may or may not be considered valuable until it solves a problem.
Creation of value as nothing really to do with the tangible except the tangible in question solves a problem.
When next you’re tempted to think you’re not valuable just because your account balance can’t make a complete sentence, think about the solutions your skill, knowledge or expertise create. Think about the impact your skill, knowledge or expertise has on others, think about those problems your talent and natural capabilities solves. That’s VALUE right there. It can be exchanged for physical cash and tangibles.
You, my friend, is VALUABLE than you think. Don’t believe otherwise.
Peace, Love and Cold Zobo.