A man went to a dingy Ohio thrift store one day and began to browse through the posters. He often visited thrift stores in the hopes of finding “kitchy art” to resell. One of the designs caught his eye, and he bought it for $14.14.
Only later did he realize that the piece was an original Picasso, worth approximately $6,000.
Why? Because it was made by a master artist.
In our capitalist society, we use the words “worth” and “value” interchangeably. “What is it worth?” could be just as easily replaced with “what does it cost?” We think in dollar signs and bottom lines.
But worth and value are not the same.
I may value something that is absolutely worthless. In the end, the thing that I valued so highly may turn out to be a total lemon.
By the same token, I may ignore something—like that Picasso—that is worth more than I can imagine.
What is your value? Does it increase with the balance of your bank account? The bottom line profit you bring to your company? What about the grade on your last Chemistry test? Do you feel that others overlook you, take you for granted, or ignore you?
Your value—whether assigned by your peers, your boss, or even yourself—must never be confused with your inherent worth. Your worth cannot change with age, income, lack of mobility, or your social circles.
The reason is simple: you were made by the Master Artist.
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