The Art of Chasing Serious Value
For a little while now, I’ve been trying to stick to my resolution of trying to retain as much value as possible out of everything I do which involves the flow of value, which naturally then suggests that it goes beyond the actual handling of money. I’m talking here instead of letting value flow in and then go right back out again, rather trying to convert it into something that lasts a bit longer.
The best piece of advice I recently received in a very long time is that of starting where you are with what you have, as conveyed through a post by a fellow blogger with whom I’m affiliated. So that’s exactly what I’ve been all about and what I’ll continue to be all about for the foreseeable future.
As you will have come to learn by reading my blog, I’m a bargain hunter to the core, so it wasn’t all that difficult to get cracking with my resolution of honing my skills as part of learning the art of chasing and retaining serious value. It has become somewhat of a game where I treat each value-flow situation as a challenge to see if I can’t get the most out of it.
Everything is for sale, at the right price
No, I’m not spewing some hard-bargaining and negotiation jargon here, but rather quoting an age-old cliché in its capacity as a very good model of economic operation if you are indeed someone who seeks to squeeze every bit of value out of everything that forms part of your life. Consequently, guided by this modus operandi, every single physical object I possess is indeed up for sale. Yes, that means I’ve listed absolutely everything I own for sale in some or other way, with the most straight-forward of which being that of simply placing an ad on an online classifieds site.
The value-maximisation side of things however comes not from the prospect of in a sense flipping those goods for profit – far from it in fact since used goods as the ones I’ve listed are can only be sold for cheaper than what one has bought them. The value-maximisation comes from my written and published reviews of all these items I own and have put up for sale, so if nobody is going to buy my kettle (I mean who wants a second hand Russell Hobbs kettle in any case), chances are somewhere, somehow they’ll come across a review online which I’ve written about it.
The published review creates something which enjoys the chance of monetisation, such as link to a new version of the reviewed item for which subsequent sale I’d earn some commission as an affiliate.
As far as value retention goes with regards to instances where there isn’t a direct economic link (no money exchanging hands, per se), the approach is to gain some lasting knowledge which is otherwise paid for.
In my consultation with the Hansen Injury Law Firm while I was visiting the USA for example, I came away with some valuable professional advice which can definitely be used as a value offering to someone who could use that information, should they perhaps be faced with the legal issues the law firm deals with.
When people come to you for anything and everything under the sun, including some mere advice on where to get a certain product or service they may be in need of, that creates just another point of contact which affords you the opportunity to propose a value-flow engagement that benefits you.