Lately we’ve all been captivated by the comedian Mo’nique’s call to boycott Netflix. She is claiming that Netflix was gender and color bias towards her. In her words they offered her an amount of money that was well below what she was worth. Different people have offered their opinions on the situation. Most believing that because Mo’nique has not dropped a comedy special in a long time, she’s not worth what she is asking for. That instead of calling for a boycott she should just take her talents somewhere else. Netflix isn’t the end all be all of streaming services. I think it’s a little bigger than that. I believe what this all boils down to is Value. Mo’nique believes she is valuable so she’s only asking for what she’s worth. You see this situation and what Mo’nique is trying to fight for is much bigger than Netflix, it’s about knowing your value and fighting for what you believe you are worth. Her situation pertains to business, but I’m going to tell you how we fight for the same thing in all of our relationships.
The word value has many definitions. Webster’s has three different definitions for Value:First, relative worth, merit, or importance. Second, monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade. Third, the worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for which it can be exchanged or in terms of some medium of exchange. All three of these definitions pertain to Mo’nique’s situation. First she believes she is worth more than 500K based on her resume as an actress and comedian. Secondly, she believes her monetary worth is at least a couple of million dollars. Third, she believes her comedy would bring in views for Netflix, in turn views equal money. Simply her views could be exchanged for money. I can’t say I agree with Mo’nique’s business tactics, but I applaud her for knowing her value and then fighting for it.
Do you fight for your value in your relationships? All of them, work, love, friends, and business? Valuable things tend to be treated very nicely or with the utmost care. The perceived value is high so you don’t want to damage it. For instance, driving a Benz on special occasions, but having a Sentra for your everyday commute. The reason gold prices go up and down is because gold is a rare commodity. Think of yourself as that commodity. If the people in your relationships don’t treat you like they value you, than 7/10 times they don’t. The other 3 times they just might not know how to treat you like they value you.
For example a man who values a women doesn’t beat her every time he gets up set. That would be like smashing your Benz every time you missed a turn. A women who values a man doesn’t talk bad about him when he falls short of her expectations. That would be like breaking your gold necklace every time it didn’t look the way you wanted it too with a particular outfit. A friend who values you doesn’t take advantage of you. They share hardships and wins with you. A coworker who values you doesn’t try to dump their work off on you or take advantage of your skill set. They share ideas with you and you all grow the company together as a team.
Know your value and be willing to demand what you are worth. Also, you must be willing to stand fast and not waiver. You can compromise when you see fit, but you can’t sell yourself short.
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Dash is a modern-day “classic” man. He’s a military man, a Alpha man, a inspirational speaker and everything in between. You can find him at your next party being the life of it and always stressing to have a good time. Follow him on all social media needs @aguynamedash and @visionarypresentations