Why You Shouldn’t Work For Money

You know the ol’ saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime?” If we put ourselves in the position of the teacher (which we usually do because we are all so wise), we see a philosophy on charity and how we can best help others. If we put ourselves in the position of the fisherman, we see something quite different.

Lets pretend you land your first job as a salesperson. You can’t wait for your first sale. You want it so bad. Your cupboards are empty and you can’t afford new shoelaces.  You read three how-to books in two weeks and call every lead this side of the Mississippi (always wanted to say that). A week later your hard work pays off and you make your first sale. Your cupboards are filled and shoes are tied. Success!




All right, pop quiz. What was the most beneficial thing that happened?

  1. You made a bunch of money
  2. You read three how-to books
  3. You achieved a memorable landmark and grew in confidence




Trick question, it’s neither. The end result is not what’s most important. What’s most important are the skills you acquired.

Skills are what made Michael Jordan great—not championships.

Skills are what made Richard Branson a billionaire—not companies.

Skills are what keep Bear Grills alive and awesome—not medals, money, or TV shows.

Even when your cupboards are empty and you can’t afford shoelaces, focus on acquiring skills. They will make you successful, no matter what you’re fishing for.

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