Finding Your Intrinsic Value

intrinsic value

Fresh off a fantastic and awe inspiring trip to the French Polynesian Islands, it really perpetuated me to write a post about really digging deep and finding that true intrinsic value from within.  So, just what is intrinsic value and how do we define it for ourselves?


According to one Wikipedia entry, “An intrinsic theory of value (also called theory of objective value) is any theory of value in economics which holds that the value of an object, good or service, is intrinsic or contained in the item itself. Most such theories look to the process of producing an item, and the costs involved in that process, as a measure of the item’s intrinsic value. With that gripping intro to intrinsic value, how can we break it down even further and take almost a bird’s eye view of determining just how intrinsic value in our lives really benefits others?


By helping others, we end up with other realized benefits such as true happiness and joy as well as other rewards.  For example, if I help someone get out of debt and they find true Financial Freedom, a few things have just happened: First, I have directly benefited that person to take them out of the misery of debt and start building real wealth, not only that but possibly also permanently altered how they deal with their finances.  Second, a direct benefit to me might be gaining a positive follower that respects my methods and propels me to a more expert status on what I love to talk about.


See how that works?  Intrinsic value does not have to be measured in dollars and cents, but instead is the true value of exactly what gets delivered.  It’s a powerful concept really, especially when you start to realize your intrinsic values from being invoked from within.   The most intriguing thing about having intrinsic values is that they are so much people out there that believe that they have nothing of value to offer others.  It’s really a mindset of lack that many people tend to manifest and nurture, which in time, actually ends up harming them in some sort of way.  The real truth of the matter is everyone has something to offer of value.  I can think back to a story of a person born with no arms yet was able to learn to paint magnificent and valuable painting solely using their feet.  Now, that is what I call invoking the intrinsic value from within one’s self!


Look to powerful people such as Sir Richard Branson of Virgin fame.  This guy absolutely inspires people from all walks of life and is known to be one of the most influential billionaires today.  Not only does he talk about not being afraid of trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone constantly, but he does it with such a charisma that is worth taking notes on.  Bringing massive value to huge audiences is what this guy is about making his Fleet of Virgin products and services a household name, all at an age when most people look to living a sedentary life.  The good news is that you don’t have to emulate this type of success and value.  Being a serious influence and bring value to those you come into contact daily and those within your constant contact, this is how you build a real presence of value to others.  I’m telling you, if you help others, they will usually reciprocate the favor.  There, that’s one big secret for free.  You’re very welcome.


Why not take a 15-30 day challenge to see just how much value you can bring to others.  Here a few different suggestions you could try out:


  • It could be enhancing your value to employers if you are full employed
  • Building an incredible brand if you are an entrepreneur
  • Helping others with your expertise where they may lack experience
  • Come up with a new product or service to introduce to your market
  • Work with Charities or other Non-Charitables for the greater good
  • Improve on yourself with ongoing education or learn a new valuable life skill
  • Be a guest speaker for a worthwhile cause
  • Teach others how to see their own intrinsic values


Of course, these are just a few of the many things you could try in your own personal challenge.  Remember, they are no real rules and you can allow your conscience to be your guide.  The real point of the matter is to get in tune with yourself to see where you really shine and show where your intrinsic values actually lie.  How many people out there actually have no real idea of what they are really worth?  Answer: Much more than I or you would like to think about.  So, take this opportunity to see just what makes a better you.


I’ve really done my best to explain the intrinsic value of self as opposed to stocks and stock options and other types of intrinsic values and I hope it makes perfect sense to determine just why finding one’s intrinsic values will ultimately lead to a more interesting and fulfilling life.  It’s not just a good idea as you really want to start building relationship with others.  Remember, no man is an island and little things can make the most interesting cause and effects.  It’s a little like a ‘butterfly effect’ where one little change in one part of the world makes a little change of equal proportion elsewhere.  Our cumulative changes and contributions in the world matter.  It’s what makes the human race one of the most interesting and dynamic life forms on our planet.


P.S. as I write this post, Japan has been hit by the largest earthquake in its history (8.9 on scale of 10), now is the time for each one of us to show our cumulative intrinsic value by supporting their rebuilding effort and even saying somewhat of a prayer for that country

What intrinsic values do you believe you possess?  Will you be taking me up in the 15-30 day challenge mentioned above?  Would love to hear your feedback, join me in the discussion by commenting on this post.

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