I don't mean your salary. I mean when you are doing whatever it is that you do best, how much would that be worth to someone who really needed it?
In the Spring of 1969, in a small French small, a woman sat in a cafe enjoying coffee. Suddenly, she realizes that sitting at a nearby table is Pablo Picasso. The woman can't believe her luck, and soon musters the courage to ask him to draw her portrait. The master obliges and in five minutes the master hands her his work.
The woman is ecstatic, and then asks, "How much?"
"5,000 Francs", Picasso replies.
As this is approximately $25,000 in today's money, the woman is quite taken back. "But how can this be so expensive?" she inquired. "It only took you five minutes."
The artist corrected her, "No Madame, it took me my whole life."
Picasso had been honing his craft since a very young age and he also had confidence in the value he brought to those who appreciated his work.
Not everyone is going to understand the value you bring; Picasso certainly had his critics. But keep focusing on those you need what you do best and serve them with everything you have.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
Eventually, you'll be able to quote your price like Picasso himself. Until then, enjoy the journey and keep pushing the status quo.
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