Place A High Value On Your Expertise

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Charlie Steinmetz designed the generators that powered Henry Ford’s first assembly lines in Dearborn, Michigan. One time after he retired, the generators stalled out, bringing the entire plant to a halt. Ford’s engineers couldn’t find the problem, so he called his old friend Charlie. Steinmetz fiddled with this gauge, jiggled that lever, tried this button, played with a few wires, and after a few hours threw the master switch. The motors kicked on, and the system returned to normal. Some days later Ford received a bill from Steinmetz for $10,000. Ford found the charge excessive and wrote his friend a note: ‘Charlie: It seems awfully steep, this $10,000, for a man who for just a little while tinkered around with a few motors.” Steinmetz wrote a new bill and sent it back to Mr Ford. ‘Henry: For tinkering around with motors, $10; for knowing where to tinker, $9,990.’ Source: Charles R. Swindoll

Expertise always has an incredible value attached to it. So refuse to become a jack or jill of all trades. Focus on becoming an expert in some field by utilising your strengths and be prepared to charge accordingly. You’re worth it, and you deserve to be rewarded.

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