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Sunday, February 22, 2009

When I say that you do not have to drive sharp bargains, I do not mean that you do not have to drive any bargains at all, or that you are above the necessity for having any dealings with your fellow men. I mean that you will not need to deal with them unfairly; you do not have to get something for nothing, but can give to every man more than you take from him.

You cannot give every man more in cash market value than you take from him, but you can give him more in use value than the cash value of the thing you take from him. The paper, ink, and other material in this book may not be worth the money you paid for it; but if the ideas suggested by it bring you thousands of dollars, you have not been wronged by those who sold it to you; they have given you a great use value for a small cash value.

Let us suppose that I own a picture by one of the great artists, which, in any civilized community, is worth thousands of dollars. I take it to Baffin Bay, and by "salesmanship" induce an Eskimo to give a bundle of furs worth $500 for it. I have really wronged him, for he has no use for the picture; it has no use value to him; it will not add to his life.

But suppose I give him a gun worth $50 for his furs; then he has made a good bargain. He has use for the gun; it will get him many more furs and much food; it will add to his life in every way; it will make him rich.

When you rise from the competitive to the creative plane, you can scan your business transactions very strickly, and if you are selling any man anything which does not add more to his loife than the thing he gives you in exchange, you can afford to stop it. You do not have to beat anybody in business. And if you are in a business which does beat people, get out of it at once.

Give every man more in use value than you take from him in cash value; then you are adding to the life of the world by every business transaction.

From: The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D Wattles

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I like the idea of "adding to the life of the world" with every business transaction. Can you think of ways in which your job adds to the life of the world? Are there ways in which it doesn't? What about your own talents and skills? What do you have to offer that enhances or adds to the lives of others?


Shirley Twofeathers said...

My job - ok, so here it is - I bathe dogs, clean cages, and mop the floor. How does it add to the life of the world? Well... it enhances the lives of the dogs (and cats) that come in dirty, bedraggled, smelly, with hair full of mats and tangles. The animals leave the grooming shop feeling better than they did when they came in. Of that I'm sure. So, yes, my job is "good" and since it's a small place and I work with family - I have a strong sense of "helping out" and "being needed".

At the same time, I have talents and skills that are not fully utilized because I don't have the time or the energy to really put them to work. Maybe there are things I still need to learn, maybe there is a lack of confidence or a feeling of being undeserving, I don't know...

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