Value is created when you successfully find a way to provide customers with services and solutions that solve their problems. We will be successful in business to the degree to which we render service that exceeds customer’s expectations. Value therefore is the ability to understand what’s going on in the minds of our customers.
In Greek mythology Daedalus was a skilful architect and innovator who created the labyrinth where the Minotaur was kept. To prevent the secrets of the labyrinth from spreading to the public King Minos had Daedalus and his son Icarus imprisoned in a tower. Even if he managed to escape he couldn’t leave Crete by sea because the king kept strict watch on all ships insisting they were thoroughly searched before departure. The land was watched by countless spies so Daedalus deduced that the only possible way to escape was by air so he constructed a set of wings to mimic the wings of a bird. The largest feathers were secured by thread and the smaller ones by wax. When he was finished he was able to flap his new wings and found himself lifted off the ground. Excited he made a duplicate set for his son Icarus. Before they set off to freedom Daedalus warned his son not to fly too high because the heat from the sun would melt the wax and he would fall into the sea and drown. He was also warned not to fly too close to the sea because the spray and foam would make the wings wet and they would no longer work.
They successfully flew passed Samos, Delos and Lebynthos but then Icarus became over confident and began to fly upwards as if to reach heaven. As predicted by his father the blazing heat melted the wax in the wings and he fell into the sea and drowned.
The world is governed by certain laws that simply can’t be violated. These are cause and effect relationships that don’t vary. Once you decide to take a specific action or do a certain thing then the outcome is assured. Icarus wasn’t unlucky to fall to his death – it was the inevitable consequence of his actions.
In the same way your wealth is the inevitable consequence of your actions. You CAN’T make money without adhering to the fifth Law of Wealth. You can’t make money without creating value and being of service.
Your rewards in life will always match your service. If you have a religious background you may have heard this idea expressed as, “As ye sow so shall ye reap.” Most people have come across this notion before in some form or another. Most people will even agree with it and tell you how it makes sense and yet very few people actually take it to heart and grasp the enormity of its application and implication. This law is not something you can pick up and put down when you feel like it. It doesn’t apply sometimes and not other times. It is an all-encompassing law of the world we live in.
Think of the scales of justice where there is a measuring balance. On one side of the balance is all that you are, think and do. On the other side is the reward you receive for that. If you don’t feel that life is rewarding you well enough then you are not creating enough value. Your rewards are in direct correlation to the amount of value you create and the service you deliver to others.
Somewhere along the line too many of us have stopped appreciating the truth of this law and decided instead that we should GET before we GIVE. We want to reap without sowing a single seed. We want the heat from the fire before we have obtained the wood. We want the promotion before we make the effort. They don’t see the point of working hard unless we get a pay-rise. We want rewards before adding the value. But it just doesn’t work like that.
And yet all too often people expect to make money without adding value and being of service to others. They don’t realise that they have to work first, add value first before they reach a stage where they deserve that promotion. Why would someone give you a promotion for being lazy? Why would you get a pay-rise if you are doing the bare minimum that you can get away with? Why would your customers buy from you over the competition if you were always late and rude about it? Why would they come back to your business if their experience was not positive and you didn’t make their life easier or better in some way?
But adding value and being of service is not just about making money it is about developing healthy self-esteem. There is something innately satisfying about doing a hard days work, of knowing that you’ve done the best you can and your contribution has made a difference.
To paraphrase John F Kennedy, “Ask not that others can do for you but what you can do for others.” Whatever you seek in terms of rewards you must FIRST earn in the form of service to others. All efforts to reverse this law will meet with absolute failure. Icarus found out the hard way that you simply cannot violate certain laws and he paid the ultimate price. If you truly want to create significant money in your business and life then you must add value and be of service. Adhere to the 5th Law of Wealth and learn to render exceptional value or like Icarus you may find yourself, or your business drowning in the sea too.
Any efforts you exert trying to find ways to circumvent this law will be useless. You would be far better re-directing that effort to embracing the law and making it work for you.
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Ben Benson doesn’t just talk business, he lives it. He’s a self-made individual who started with nothing – twice. After building up a multi-million-pound training consultancy, selling up and blowing every penny, he started again, working around-the-clock on a property empire that’s now worth an estimated $100 million. The private and commercial property portfolio now sits alongside finance, publishing and venture-capital interests in the U.K. and the U.S. He is the author and architect of the ‘7 Laws of Wealth – An Individual Stimulus Plan for Surviving in the New Economy’ a book and program that is being taught to college and university students in the UK and US. His first book The New Rules of Wealth sold out on four continents and on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com in 3 days. From this entrepreneurial melting pot of personal drive and collective expertise, Ben has emerged as a dynamic speaker who has given over 2000 seminars worldwide. He’s also consulted with senior managers at companies such as Bank of America, Cisco, Federal Express, Hallmark, BMW, Kodak, Kimberly Clark, Ford and American Airlines. His 7 Laws of Wealth methodology and training program have grown out of his desire to identify the timeless traits of the world’s most successful individuals, and to turn accepted opinions of wealth and prosperity on their heads.His mission is to educate individuals to realise a commitment to the ‘life of business and the business of life’, to help people understand that wealth creation is a skill and a science that everyone can aspire to. For free info sign up at www.7lawsofwealth.com