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The Value Of Money

Apr 29, 2021

If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.

Warren Buffett

I started working at the young age of 16. I worked as a part-time sales assistant under a mobile and telecommunications company.

That was my first job.

Thankfully, I was recommended by a friend and hired by the company. I had no sales experience. But they were willing to let me have a go with it.

You can imagine my first day at work being all clumsy and dumbfounded. I had to deal with a large sum of money – I was solely responsible for it. Day after day, I got better.

The work was difficult. I had to stand for hours. When I got a chance to sit down, a customer would come in.

That’s for standing, how about eating? Whenever I eat, I didn’t have the luxury to chew the food properly. I either had to consume it for a short time or eat some of it and continue to it after serving the customers.

It was tough. If I’m not wrong, I had to work at least six days a week for 10 – 12 hours a day. I didn’t mind because I was waiting for my school results.

Do you know what would be the most rewarding thing about working? It’s not about the end of the workday. But when it’s time to collect my salary.

End of the month, I would head to the office to collect my payment. It was the most rewarding thing about my work. Although it’s a distance from my house, it was still worth it.

From that day onwards, I understood the value of money. I knew what my parents meant that money is not easy to earn. The work required me to be constantly thinking as I am dealing with the company’s cash. I was dealing with customer request and enquiries. I had to control my nature’s call during the peak hours.

Earning money was hard work. The more effort I put in, the more money I would receive. It becomes difficult for me to spend because I would always reflect on the hours I worked to get that amount.

For me, that’s what money meant to me. It wasn’t about a ten-dollar note worth ten dollars. It’s about ten dollars worth of sweat and long hours of standing.

It came at a point in time that I used to stare at something and ponder upon buying it or not. I would have this mini-battle in my mind to justify the item to purchase.

If it doesn’t tally in my head, I would put the item down and walk away.

My suggestion to you is to always think about whether that item is a want or a need. If it’s a need, then I couldn’t say much but try to find something cheaper.

If it’s a want, I would advise you to go home and think about it. Give yourself a few days. Often not, we wouldn’t want it the next few days.

I think it’s ok to reward ourselves for the hard work we put in. Isn’t life about enjoying? But always think about tomorrow.

What does money mean to you? I would like to hear from you.

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