THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MONEY SHORTAGE. There is, from time to time, an idea, inspiration, motivation, or creativity shortage. This shortage may manifest itself in the lack of money. It’s important to realise that the only people who make money work at the mint. Everyone else earns money. There is a fair exchange between what an individual does and what he is paid for completing that task. The pay for a task increases as its degree of difficulty, danger, expertise, or the amount of training required increases. There are many jobs that you could be trained to do and be in a position to accomplish the required task by the end of the first day. In most cases, these jobs do not pay particularly well. On the other hand, if you wish to be a neurosurgeon – while you will not be performing the task by the end of the first day- at the point you have completed many years of training, you will be compensated very well.

It is important to realise that there are certain humanitarian and service- oriented positions where the compensation is, at least in part, in the satisfaction received in completing the task. For example, members of the clergy and most notably here in Oklahoma, public school teachers. I think we would all agree that their importance and amount of responsibility they take on, far exceeds their monetary compensation.

The next time you hear yourself say, “I would like to make more money,” simply ask yourself this question, “What am I willing to do to create more value in the products and services I provide to the people around me?” Once you have answered this question and you begin working to that level, your earnings will most certainly follow.

I wish you all of the money that you are willing to earn.