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''You Don't Need Money''
I offer it to you today so henceforth you'll be clear
For most suspend their actions thinking money's what they need
And put their dreams on hold and wait for cash so they'll succeed
But think ye friend on this for lease on life by truth is gained:
This universe is perfect, ordered well and self-contained
And even in societies based on a quest for gold
the principles of life remain and thus, my friend, still hold
For nothing can exist without the means for its arrival
and life has been endowed with what it needs for its survival
Like birds have wings and eyes and instincts all that serve them well
You too have skills and talents once recognized that you can sell
The artisan and healer, farmer, too and natural scholar
all managed to survive before the advent of the dollar
For money's just one means we've all agreed for an exchange
and what we trade's our value from which most are now estranged
By printed piece of paper people's power's been purloined
and yet no fish or fowl needs cash, or credit, check or coin
You don't need cash (it's true), despite how critical it seems
the value in your passion is the currency of your dreams!
At the beginning of my Passion Profit workshops, I often ask people what they believe is preventing them from turning their passions into profit. Many cite "lack of contacts," some say a "lack of information", others say "fear", and some say "money." I offer resources, perspectives and philosophies to help all of them, including contacts for loans, grants and investors, but I often challenge those participants who cited money to be open to a radical concept: You Don't Need Money To Start a Business!
I recount the successes of clients I've coached who leveraged their talents to provide value to companies who then provided the donations, sponsorship, supplies, equipment, operating space and/or facilities my clients needed in order to move forward.
For example, recognizing that her passion for pets put her in regular contact with pet owners in her city, one client created a proposal to a pet food manufacturer to provide her with the means to get operating space for her pet clinic. She got this in exchange for allowing the company to advertise their products directly to her customers. Another client, recognizing that the inmates he wanted to counsel were already "walking ads" for specific clothing companies, approached sneaker companies and clothing manufacturers to sponsor his speaking tour and program within correctional facilities.
No life appears where the means for its survival do not exist. And once there, all life has inherently been endowed with the skills, instinct, adaptations necessary to survive. We, as humans are also so endowed. And even in our capitalistic society which many see as being as far removed from the natural order as one can get is still subject to basic principles. Nature has not abandoned us even in the big cities.
The basis of survival and success in any society is "exchange." People exchange the things of value they have for the things of value they need. Money is just one means for doing this. Therefore, if you recognize, honor and embrace the value in the passions and talents that you've been born with, you will have a thing of value that you can use to survive. You can then choose to trade it directly for money, or trade it directly for the things of value that you need. So it may not really be money at all that's holding you back from pursuing your dream. It may simply be the ability to recognize the value in it! Want more? Come out to my learning Annex workshop in New York on Tuesday March 15, 2005 from 6:30pm-9:30pm and I'll share how to find the secret value in your natural gifts! Register at www.learningannex.com (Course 509E)
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Walt's Life Rhyme #392
(You Don't Need Money)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 04-01-2005
''I share what I know,
so that others may grow!''
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