MONDAY MOTIVATION: Create Value & Know Your Worth

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We all want something from one another. It is what it is. That is how the world works. Most times it’s money given for a product received, but if we were to really get to the core of it, its about ‘value for value‘. I give you something you want, you give me back what I want. Simple. Whether it’s barter, trade, swap, or even relationships, they are all built on this premise. To take it a step further, the reason some people get what they want and others don’t, is because they clearly grasp this concept of creating value. How do they create value?

The internet has changed the game. Everyone has access to everyone. With so many choice available you have to stand out. To stand out you have to be better than the next. How will people know you’re better? Well once you get their attention (check earlier post, Standing Out) , you have to convince them that your product, talent or love is better than everyone else’s. If you develop mastery in your skill, then your value goes up. Everybody wants the top talent.

Once you have created value, you have to know your value. Some people are incredibly talented, but don’t know or understand their true value, therefore are unable to ask for what they are worth. Knowing your value is the prerequisite for getting what you’re worth. That may come in the form of a commitment from your significant other, a corporate brand sponsoring your tour or getting a raise from your job. Knowing your worth will determine whether you will ask for $500 or $50,000. There is a customer out there for every price point. Some people who see themselves, talent or products, as valuable can even trick us into buying something that’s not even worth it. People treat you the way you see your self.

Exercise: Have a convo today with your “Self”. Go to the mirror and say, “Self, what are you worth? What do you have to give, that people are willing to pay for? Why should they get this from you? How much do you cost?”

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Chris “Kazi” Rolle

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Chris Kazi Rolle is an artist and social entrepreneur who uses art and media to inspire audiences worldwide. He travels nationally and internationally, performing and lecturing year round. Nicknamed Child of Ghandi & Trump, he is a textbook example for merging doing good and making money. He is the mastermind behind several social ventures including The Hip Hop Project, Together Apart and All Things Are Possible. Kazi has been featured on VH1, CNN, CBS and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Kazi’s work and inspiring life story is the focus of the feature length film entitled, “The Hip Hop Project“, executive produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. He is a proud father and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find out more at

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  1. Chanel Ambitious Ballard

    February 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Words from the wise to those in pursuit of greatness. I’m a lover of all things positive and this message will spread as far as I can take it. Thanks for your knowledge!

    Rise2Power Network

  2. Sharde

    March 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    This was PERFECT for what I’ve been going through lately. Thank you for this!

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