The Best Question you can Ask

I read a book titled “The Laptop Millionaire” (Catchy title, I know), because of the title and the cover image. I was thinking, wow…This guy made a million dollars using his laptop. He did give a process on how to make money using the tools that are available to you, but what really stuck out to me is the way in which he described how a person should view making money.

He got me change the way I look at money, and how a person can come across it. It turned my thought process upside down and struck a chord deep inside me.

We like to think we can make money by taking some short cut, but what we don’t think about is; why we are doing it.

Here are some reasons that you might want to make money:

  • You are greedy and want more
  • You like the idea of financial freedom
  • You want to provide for your family
  • You are diversifying and adding another stream of income

There is only one Bad view of money here. Do you know which one it is? Exactly.

You might say, “Well, I’m not greedy, I genuinely want to make money to provide for my family”, and that is excellent.

So here are four ways to make money:

  1. Get a normal job working 9-5 or a type of shift work. (I worked 3rd shift for 5 years, 7am-7pm, then I worked 2nd shift 3:30 pm – 12:30 pm, and various other shifts)
  2. Work a different style of job, or for yourself, non-typical hours, online business etc...
  3. Invest
  4. Work a normal type job (as mentioned above), but also working a non-traditional job, one that you create, and investing.

What do all of these have in common? Yep, exactly. Work.

I like option 4 the best, it includes 3 sources of income. It is fun, exciting, and challenging.

So how do you make money outside of your current normal type job?

Ask yourself this one question.

 

HOW CAN I ADD VALUE?

 

This is the question that blew my mind. I had somehow forgotten that earning money was about adding value. I knew this and understood this concept when I was 14 though.

“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that is in need.” – Ephesians 4:28

 

I had read a book about money when I was a kid, I was obsessed with it, and read it many times over. In fact, I have searched for this book many times, but have been unable to find it to this day. It simply taught young people how to start a business. It detailed out step-by-step the best ways to do it.

  • It had a marketing plan
  • How to use your skills, gifts and talents
  • It covered Customer Service
  • It even had ways to expand by adding a co-worker

I actually made hundreds of dollars using these techniques when I was young. Then, somehow, I lost my way. The game has changed slightly, but the core is still there, and chance favors those who diligently work at these things.

However, this question goes outside the boundaries of money, it is all inclusive. How can I add value?

 

“The way of man is forward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.” – Proverbs 21:8

 

This type of thinking, breaks down the walls of selfishness and narcissism and reflect an outward desire to help your fellow man.

If you seek to solve a problem, whether it be financial, physical, or spiritual, and you find a solution and use it to help others. You are adding value.

When you help your wife do the laundry, or wash the dishes. You are adding value. When you give a homeless man the shirt off your back. You are adding value.

When you read your child a book at night, or pray for someone. You are adding value.

One thing that might happen when adding value to someone though is, they may or may not be receptive. Some people might thank you, and others will not.

If you are doing something to receive praise, then you should reevaluate why you are doing it. Also, if someone doesn’t see the value in what you do, then perhaps they are in the mindset of only taking, not giving. In this case, move on.

You can’t add value, if you are not receiving value.

How do you receive value?

  • Are you reading books that add value?
  • Are your relationships, or groups you are in adding value?
  • Is how you spend your time adding value?
  • Are the things you put into your body adding value?

It is imperative to spend some time thinking about what value is. Also, if the things you are doing are adding value. Finally, you need to find out how you can add value to others.

You need to find a way to use your gifts, talents, resources, and skills to help others.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15

 

4 Takeaways:

  • How are you going to add value today?
  • How are you going to receive value today?
  • What bothers you?
  • What can you do to create a solution?

 

 

Stephen

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