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.
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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.