I read this quote with a story today and it spoke right to my heart. Stop placing value on how hard the work is or how long it takes. Place your value on the value you provide!
Here’s the story: A ship builder spent months and months, and massive sums of money to build a ship.
The day they went to start up the engine, it would not start.
Technician after technician troubleshooted the engine.
Days went by.
Weeks went by.
Still, the engine would not start.
Then, one day, one of the technicians suggested they call on an old-timer who had been in the industry a long time. Surely he could fix it.
With few other options, the old-timer came to diagnose the problem.
When he arrived, he walked the ship. He looked carefully. He thought. He paced the ship again.
He then reached into his bag of tools, and retrieved a ballpein hammer, then centered it over a specific area of the engine and struck it with force. "Ok, start it up," he directed.
As if magic, the previously dead engine whirred and spun into life.
Again, the old-timer reached into his bag, this time retrieving a pen and paper. He swiftly wrote on it, handing the paper to the ship builder.
It read: INVOICE: $5,000
The ship builder was SHOCKED. "What, $5,000 to swing a hammer!? That’s ridiculous." The old-timer responded, "No, swinging the hammer was FREE. It’s $5,000 to know where to hit it." You are good at what you do. Don’t let other people’s opinions of your value effect yours!! Kinda feeling a little like @msrachelhollis
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