If you are good at something never do it for free
Often that I come across this word/quotes on the internet – if you are a good designer or whatever you are good at never do it for free. Why? Why can’t it be free? I do understand that living in this era – money is important. I am not totally convinced by this, for me if you are good at something – please do it for free. Help those in need.
Some would think that why should I do this for free if I can get paid. That is where everything in this world go wrong – we create a distant between the capable and the incapable. The more we practice this the more distant we create. I am not saying that everything should be free but if we already have more than other people why not just do it for free. An act of charity.
Sometimes we so into the idea of making profit – getting more money, living wealthy in order to spend bigger meanwhile some of us having the opposite of it. Barely making any money, barely surviving and barely put a food in their mouth. Some would say it is their fault – that is why they live like that but if you consider yourself good enough, better than them why not help them a bit. Help them to move forward.
Sometimes we are afraid to give something for free – afraid of being undervalued. Afraid of people make use of our generosity. Yes indeed – you need to learn to value yourself as a person, value your expertise, value your intelligence, value your skills, because if you don’t value yourself—it sounds like a fucking cliche from elementary school, but it’s the truth—if you don’t value yourself, no one else will value you.
You have to respect yourself, you have to respect your skills and your expertise, respect yourself enough to not give them away for free to people who don’t even appreciate them. And, again, I still have these sort of self-doubts myself, even though I’m saying this. None of us are perfect but believe me when I said if you decide to give your expertise, your skills for free in order to help other people – it will not go to waste.
If you give thanks, I will give you more – Quran 14:7
You effort will be repaid – maybe not in cash but something better. Might be during your time in need in the future the same person will come to lend their hand for you. We might never know. So lend you hand to those in need – start to give more in order to receive more. Let this be you circle of infinite blessing.
The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. – Brian Tracy