How Might We Value Equity?

This post was originally published on LinkedIn on May 7, 2017.

On Sunday May 7, 2017, as I was reading pg. 29 of Keith Ferrazzi‘s, “Never Eat Alone”, I came across a tool which he uses called, “The Relationship Action Plan.” This plan is separated into 3 parts:

1. Developing goals that will help us fulfill our mission.

2. Connecting these goals to the people, places, and things (resources) that will help us get the job done.

3. Determining the best way to reach out to the people who can help us to accomplish our goals.

As I was reading this, it made me reflect on one of my #7DaysOfWisdom videos which I shot back in September of 2016. In this video, I discussed the relationship between sweat equity, relationship equity, and financial equity. In addition to Keith’s “Relationship Action Plan”, I believe that it is highly important for us to understand and value equity.

Equity is something which we can all learn and earn. It starts with the amount of work we decide to put in (sweat equity). Through our sweat equity, we will eventually begin to build the connections and relationships (relationship equity) which lead to opportunities to increase our financial equity and the impact we can have on the lives of others. Let’s stay focused and have fun pursuing the things we love to do in life. Live legendary, leave a legacy!

What are your thoughts on sweat equity, relationship equity, and financial equity? 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 In this video, I discuss the relationship between sweat equity, relationship equity, and financial equity. I believe that it is highly important for us to understand and value equity. Equity is something which we can all learn and earn. It all starts with the amount of work we decide to put in (sweat). Through our sweat equity, we will eventually begin to build the connections and relationships which lead to opportunities to increase our financial equity and the impact we can have on the lives of others. 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 Let's stay focused and have fun pursuing the things we love to do in life. Live legendary, leave a legacy! 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 #7DaysOfWisdom #ALOVERSAmbition

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Cultural Curator, and Educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

Embrace What’s Difficult: Tai Lopez

Question, would you agree with me if I shared with you my opinion that many people in the world don’t enjoy doing what’s difficult? Ask yourself, do you honestly enjoy doing what’s difficult? Not always? Who does?

Elon Musk once said, “We get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of the problem(s) that we solve.” Think about it, people who are usually very wealthy contribute a significant amount of energy, time, and value into the problems they are looking to solve. Let’s examine equity for example. My personal philosophy goes as follows: “If you put in the work and trust in yourself, the money will catch up.” The key words are work and trust. We must put in the hard work while maintaining faith and trust in our ability to attract new opportunities and increase our earning potential.

One good way to embrace what’s difficult and increase our earning potential is to figure out the things that other people don’t want to do. One of Tai’s first business mentors said, “Millionaires just do stuff that everyone else won’t.” Although I’m not a millionaire yet, I have heard from people who are very wealthy that the mindset required for being a millionaire entails just this. It’s an ability to take action, clear out distractions, and execute on whatever vision it may be that we lay out for ourselves. In addition, as I was revisiting Sean Covey’s, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”, I came across a very thought provoking quote summing up Albert E.N. Gray’s years of studying successful people. It goes as follows:

“All successful people have the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They [successful people] don’t like doing them necessarily either. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.”

When we identify our purpose and do a little bit extra, it all begins to add up. From there, it’s only a matter of time before we begin to reap the rewards. It’s important that we learn how to embrace what’s difficult and strive for excellence while overcoming our adversities. We can all aspire to be our greatest selves. Now’s the time to get up, get out, and make it happen!

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.