I’m reminded of this story someone shared with me a few years ago:
A French woman, upon seeing Picasso in a Parisian restaurant, approached the great master and insisted that he put down his coffee and make a quick sketch of her. Graciously, Picasso obliged. When he was done, she took the drawing, put it in her handbag, and then pulled out her billfold.
“How much do I owe you?” she asked.
“$5,000,” was Picasso’s reply.
“$5,000? But it took you only three minutes!” she exclaimed.
“No,” Picasso answered. “It took me all my life.”
This short story informs us that there’s value inherent in what we have to offer to the world. Whatever you’ve done up to this point in your life, has either enhanced your skills, improved your marketability and increased your value or held you back from achieving your goals. Think about what your services are worth and plan, deliver and execute accordingly.