We’re all caught up in this economic struggle where the almighty dollar, is the regulator. The commander that rules our lives. If you want to gain control over your life, improve your standard of living, move from impoverishment to riches, then find something of value you can offer the world.
Something others are willing to pay for. The painstaking ritual, of people reluctantly reaching into their pockets, and spending their hard earned cash to buy what you offer.
This is the simple formula, that applies to every country, corporation, and individual capitalist.
What a thriving economy has, are its own products or services to offer in exchange for capital. Whether it be natural resources such as lumber or technological expertise.
For those individuals who become self-sufficient, they offer something of value for trade in the marketplace, for the exchange of money.
This “thing” of value, could be something you’re gifted with, such as a natural talent, skill or interest others need. Something that will reduce their pain.
In the quest to improve your life, improve your current economic situation, the key is knowing your worth.
The reason why people are so intently focused on acquiring money, who are willing to steal and kill for, is because we can exchange it for whatever we want, to fix our needs.
This because the financial world, has agreed that it’s money, that will be used in the exchange for goods and services.
What Is Fair Exchange
Say I own a cow, and you have eggs. I potentially have something you want, and you’ve got something I want.
Swapping my cow for your eggs however, wouldn’t be fair exchange, as my cow is much more valuable than your eggs.
Perhaps you might not even want my cow. You have something else you want, something I may not have.
I might also not want any of your eggs, but I want something you don’t have or are not willing to give up, such as your car.
The Value Of Money
What’s agreed upon, is a cow has certain value. It’s worth a certain amount of money, and certainly worth more than eggs. The cow is also usually worth less than a car however, as most cars are expensive.
What money allows, is for me to sell my cow for money, and then use that money to buy a car. What I did was traded my cow for a car, using money as a means of exchange.
So it’s not money itself that’s driving the economic engine, it’s the exchange of it for goods.
Exchanging Goods For Money
What you can do is acquire money, while giving nothing of value back in return, such as stealing.
This is also known as a scam, a rip-off, where money exchanges hands. Just one party benefits, while the other doesn’t.
You can shortchange someone, by accepting money while giving back something that’s partial, something not exactly as promised, or is damaged or defective in some way.
What’s given is a version of something that’s inferior, and not delivered as agreed.
The most common, is giving and receiving exactly as stated, and what the other party was expecting.
This is a fair exchange, and the usual outcome of most transactions. Exact value was received for the money spent.
You can also accept money, and then give more than was expected, which is rare but highly appreciated, which is also the most admirable exchange possible.
Doing so will increase your reputation, create karma and goodwill, as most won’t provide more value than expected.
The Exchange Of Product
For the engagement of any type of exchange, what you’ll need is a product of value, one that someone is willing to pay for.
It can also be a service that will solve some type of mental or physical pain, or some type of activity in fair return for support.
What needs to be realized by everyone involved, by every country, corporation, capitalist and individual, is knowing what the true value of the product or service you’re offering and receiving.
Once someone offers a solution to a situation or problem, or fix some type of immediate hurt, what needs to be known is its exact worth.
Once someone has a brilliant idea for a business, or needs financial assistance such as a loan, the first question that’s always asked, is what’s the product or service.
If the product has no value or is defective, then the money won’t be exchanged. It needs to be a win-win situation.
A Money Plan That’s Flawed
Any offer that relies too heavily on another person’s goodwill, whim or contribution, is a flawed product.
What it might provide is temporary short-term relief, a stop gap solution, but there’s no foundation for it’s sustainability.
The worst is selling someone hope. To hype or scam someone, that their product or service can potentially make them rich, or heal them. This because of their exclusive “insider” knowledge.
This is the farthest you can get from exchanging something of fair value, it’s a “rip off.” It’s giving nothing back in return, and is criminal.
Money For Nothing
Then there’s the entertainment industry. Where hard earned money is thrown to chance, a gamble, such buying a lottery ticket or playing the slot machines.
For those who do, they rarely improve their lot in life. The reason for this, is because they usually don’t get any value back in return for their money.
The odds are heavily stacked against them. What they bought was a wish, hoping they would get lucky.
A Fool And His Money
Coercing, intimidating or motivating someone to spend their money on “hope,” has become the biggest and most lucrative industry in the world. One that is a zero-sum game.
These include the casinos, the lottery, trading stocks, betting on a future outcome such as a sporting event. Know the house always wins.
Doing so doesn’t provide any economic value whatsoever, other than going to the liquor store once you lose, to drink away your sorrows.
From a single roll of the dice, speculating blindly in the stock market, to hoping the lottery ticket comes in. All you’re buying is dumb hope.
Sure someone always becomes instantly rich, but most will end up broke and thrown out on the street.
The stock market or the casinos, is where the operators instantly profit from the money that was lost by you.
They profit from someone’s desperation, greed or misery, and is the very evil that money is.