Take a 20 dollar bill and go to the closest public transportation stop.
Walk up to someone and say “I’ll sell you this $20 bill for $1”.
Nobody will buy it from you.
There are some reasons for this:
- Nobody hopes to complete a financial transaction at the bus stop.
- Only a crazy person would sell you a real 20 dollar bill for a dollar, and dealing with crazy people is tricky, so this must not be a real 20 dollar bill and you should just walk away.
Now here’s another story:
Put a 20 dollar bill in your neighbor’s mailbox and walk away. Do this 4 days in a row.
On the fifth day, knock on your neighbor’s door and say “Hey, I’m the one that’s been putting $20 in your mailbox, here’s another one, wanna buy it for a dollar?”
You’ll sell it.
Because your neighbor knows your crazy, but crazy in a very special way.
And you’ve earned their trust. They know it’s a real 20 dollar bill.
In our minds, we go along assuming that $20 is worth $20.
But that’s not true. It’s a mutual belief and if the belief isn’t present, then they are worth nothing.
Is money a reflection of your worth as a human?
That number you see on a screen, does that define you?
If you ask me, I’d say 2 things define you:
The value you’ve contributed to the people who you share this great Earth with.
How successful you are. And by successful, I mean happy.
Don’t overthink life
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Be what you want to be
Do what you want to do
Live for now, in the moment
Just live life man, do it for you but live for others too. Give back, add value, serve others – I think that’s what gives life depth and meaning
— JP (@J__Paris) January 11, 2018
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Onward and upward,
Jordan Paris, NASM CPT