Know the difference
I was opportune to be interviewed by a top IT recruiter in the city I live in a few weeks ago. This wonderful man definitely has a lot of experience recruiting for top IT firms in New Zealand; as such, his suggestions to me on how to sail through the New Zealand job market were relevant and true. He made his marks on me because I could see he had the facts and his assessments of me were succinct and apt. I asked him about what has been the subject of my thoughts recently; which is about getting certified professionally by taking some professional exams. His response, "Samuel, those exams are costly and I do not think they add much value than what your PhD would by the time you're done". When I got back home and had a reminiscence on that meeting, that profound reply was on a repeat spree in my head. It made me realize there is a huge difference between the price of a thing and it's value.
As days and weeks went by, I could not help but think of the difference between price and value. I came across this quote by Oscar Wilde, “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” You would agree with me that is very true. How many times have we made some decisions that are costly yet add no value to our lives; academics, relationships, career etc. Sometimes, we take some actions because others are doing it, expecting it'd automatically add value. When in the end, we fail to realize the return on the investment we made on such actions, we lament the cost we've had to put in.
I have written this post as a reminder to start weighing your actions, decisions, not by how much they would cost you but by how much value they would add to you. Sometimes, the higher the price you pay, the higher the value but guess what, its not always the case. It is possible to sweat it all on a venture yet with no intrinsic value to our present or future. Also, it is possible to take the easy way out running away from the price to pay to achieve value; that is also not a good decision. Weigh up your actions and decisions based on the value you would get rather than the price to pay. If it costs more and it would add a lot of value, go for it! If it costs more and won't add a pinch of value, opt out! Choose value over price; never the later over the former. Be guided by this principle and you will never have to live your life in waste. Thanks for reading.
27th Birthday QUESTIONS
There was no particular question in my last post apart from the ones posted on Facebook and I will likely answer them there. For Sisi Yemmie, my babe will get back to you on the aso ebi o. haha
I want to sincerely appreciate you all for the wonderful wishes on my birthday post. God bless you mightily. I appreciate you all, immensely.
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