This is the lesson that I learned and I truly hope my children will understand:
- There's a price tag for everything.
- Here's the important part: the price tag isn't always monetary.
The monetary based price tag is clear and sorta easy to understand. That house? Certain amount of 💸💸💸. That car? Certain amount of 💸💸💸. That recently released device? Certain amount of 💸💸💸.
The tricky part are "things" which its price tag isn't monetary.
- That promotion at the office? The price is you have to perform at the highest level consistently, consistently delivering result, and communicating your impact clearly.
- Those A grade? Continuous effort on learning and acing those test
- Those relationship? Mutual respect, loyalty, occasional surprise, willingness to comforting your partner, etc.
Therefore, a skill that needs to be shaped:
- Figure out what you want, what you really really want
- Figure out what is the cost to get it. Is it monetary? Is it effort based? Is it something that you need to consistently do over period of time?
- Make the effort; Pay the price.