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Aug 07, 2019 09:03:58

Rethinking Value

by @seunoyebode PATRON | 520 words | 15🔥 | 277💌

Seun Oyebode

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I saw a guy on Twitter talked about a seminar video delivered by a Professor available on YouTube. He mentioned many would pay thousands of dollars to attend such talk in real life.

That resonated with a recent thought that has been playing in my head for a couple of days now.

There's a universal believe that anything of value must be gotten at a cost. That's why many good-hearted creators or authors put a price on their creations or books. "If people don't pay for it, they won't value it", they say.

Well maybe not so true. As the person creating, this may be true because if you're going to make something of value it would cost you something, if nothing, time.

But as a receiver, no.

Why do we think things of value should come at a cost?

We all know instinctively and/or by experience that things of value aren't built cheaply. So, we pass anything that comes cheap or free as not-that-valuable.

Well, the age we are in - Internet age is teaching us to unlearn that because it's wrong.

Internet has made communication and sharing boundless and cheap. Hence it is easy to create .

Many people create for various reasons. To make a living, to have an impact on the world, to pass down life lessons and etc. The reasons are as myriad as we have we have creators.

It's okay if your reasons for creating are tied to money need -  perhaps to make ends meet or care for dependents. These are valid reasons hence people should still put a price on their creations if they need to.

However some already have all the money they need, hence they make just to share. A good example is Naval Ravikant's Podcast and Blog nav.al. That blog or podcast is so valuable if Naval were to put those resources together for a $10,000 mastermind course. Many would still agree it is underpriced. But it is available for free. Another example is freeCodeCamp, the site that teaches you to code for free. 

I never took YouTube seriously until i read someone refer to it as a University. I have since changed my perception of the site.

Internet has broken many barriers and as such many resources of high value have been made in digital formats enabling easy accessibility from anywhere on the globe and most are even available for free.

So, if you've always had the idea "If it's not expensive, it's not valuable". It's about time you have a rethink of value. Or better still dissociate cost and value as a receiver.

Cheers.

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@basilesamel @keni @brianball @abrahamKim

So happy this morning when i saw the blurry image of the online call you guys had. Firstly i'm suing all of you for not involving me....lol. I didn't get Sir Abe right, i thought it was someone else.

Good to see you guys and kindly help comment on this article I intend to make it a long form article.

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    @seunoyebode I think there is another angle along with the perception of value and that is the power of a vested interest. You can compare the value of a free course vs $10 course vs $100 course vs $1000 course. Suppose they all have the same content and delivery. They say people are more likely to stick with something if they have skin in the game. Is someone more likely to finish the course or get more out of it if they pay more for it? Is that intertwined with perceived value? Perhaps you can explore that angle as well in the longer piece.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 07, 2019 18:36:35
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    @seunoyebode - Totally agree... I have many friends who want to find a new job. They tell me about this course or the next for an insane price... but everything is already available online. Youtube or just blogs. Everything is there... the only thing people have to work on is their discipline and time management.

    And I am glad you are back 'Seun.

    Keni avatar Keni | Aug 07, 2019 10:46:28
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      @keni Yeah right, I think the first place where the discipline shift needs to start is their perception of free resources. Somewhere in our head is the thinking that one expensive course or subscription is what we need to level up. To be honest, I'm like this also, I'm in the process of killing that perception that's why I intend to make this article a long-form article.

      Thank you and I know it.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Aug 07, 2019 16:34:58
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    @seunoyebode

    dude yes. So much value from Naval. For me so much value from
    Naval, Sam Ovens, and Gary Vee.

    YouTube really is what you make it. Some people watch meaningless on there.. and some watch it to try to grow. anyways how's your bandwidth over in Lagos? Would you be able to video call with us next time?

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Aug 07, 2019 15:58:09
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      @seunoyebode

      Oh btw, anychance you document as a vlog you creating your next sass ? I'd love to watch that.

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Aug 07, 2019 15:58:53
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      @abrahamKim

      Sure, i'll be to join the next video call.

      As per the vlog, Haha, not sure i want to use my data for streaming. It's not unlimited :)

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Aug 07, 2019 17:17:50
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      @seunoyebode @abrahamKim If you like Gary V, this should make you LOL https://brobible.com/success/article/gary-vaynerchuk-stevie-emerson-success-mock-video/

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 07, 2019 18:33:46
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      @seunoyebode @brandonwilson

      You say i will LOL. I"m hoping that i LMAO haha ill check it out

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Aug 08, 2019 14:19:37
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      @brandonwilson Dang this was only parody. I was hoping for parody and knowledge lol

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Aug 08, 2019 17:11:50
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      @seunoyebode @abrahamKim Sometimes you just need a good laugh.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 08, 2019 08:50:52
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    @seunoyebode we will send invites for the next ones! It was supposed to be a 1 on 1 with Brian, then he surprised me by inviting Abe and Keni. IT WAS A TRAP :P

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 07, 2019 11:42:02
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      @seunoyebode @basilesamel - it was the first of many -- and a really good time.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Aug 07, 2019 07:11:18
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      @seunoyebode @brianball yes let's do it again soon! :D

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 07, 2019 16:48:50
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