What would you rather do, provide a free but very much appreciated product or service, or try to sell something that few can afford?

I suppose it depends on your values. People have different ways of seeing things. I know there are people who design high-end stuff “for the elite only” and sell it for high prices and make good money. I’m not one of those people. I kinda get sick thinking that something I do would only be for “those that can afford it.” Sorry to say, most people who are selling products make the price as high as they think they can get away with!

I would do everything free if I could. I believe free is the way to go. Yes you do go broke that way but that’s better than shutting out people who  don’t have money to afford what you offer.

In brief, I’m not a snob. Or rather, not anymore.

That said, I took This Hunger Is Secret, the memoir I wrote and published a while back off the market because I didn’t like that it was being sold for such a high price. I wasn’t making a cent off of it! I broke off my contract with my publisher and now, I will be offering it for a much lower price, likely a dollar or entirely free. I haven’t yet decided. The copyright is mine and I can do what I want with it. My other published book is also off the market that I know of. Stay tuned and I will let you know how to get the book! I won’t be using Lulu, etc. Undoubtedly I’ll be adding a new preface but otherwise the book will remain unchanged. It is a valuable historical record.

Did you ever sell lemonade? How did you feel when you worked real hard to make the lemonade and then, no one came to buy it? You felt yucky, right? Because your hard efforts were unappreciated.

You feel better, even though you do not make a cent, passing out free lemonade or free drinks when people truly want or need them at a public place or at a benefit walk or road race. People are truly appreciative when they’re thirsty and badly need those drinks. You feel good and that thank you is the paycheck.

People need to consider this when they think about salary. They need to think about this when judging others based on paycheck, which shouldn’t be done. Is a person worth how much money they bring in? Hardly. Yet in our society it seems that’s the way things are done. It pisses me off royally.

“How much are you worth?” Can we answer this one in a new way?

Can we add up assets a little differently than the car, the house, the bank account?

The value of your friendship with me has nothing to do with what is in your bank account nor how big your house is nor how shiny your car is. It has little to do with your physical appearance, or anyone’s opinion of any of the above. If I befriended people for those reasons, I would not be truly a friend, but using you. I don’t want to do that. Using would be an offense to you. I might ask you a question, but that’s because I value and respect your expertise in the subject. If you can tell me how to get this basil plant to grow, I’ll show you how to make pesto after it grows.

 

 

 

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