Money and Value

Amar Pandit , CFA , CFP

Amar Pandit

A respected entrepreneur with 25+ years of Experience, Amar Pandit is the Founder of several companies that are making a Happy difference in the lives of people. He is currently the Founder of Happyness Factory, a world-class online investment & goal-based financial planning platform through which he aims to help every Indian family save and invest wisely. He is very passionate about spreading financial literacy and is the author of 4 bestselling books (+ 2 more to release in 2020), 8 Sketch Books, Board Game and 700 + columns.

Mr. Gokhale, a wise MFD from Mumbai, said, “If you understand ‘value’ and value ‘value’, money will come.”

But do people really understand value?

Do you?

I see a lot of people in our industry struggle not only to understand the value of others but also in communicating their own value to prospects and clients. It is indeed in your best interest then to understand value, and to value ‘value’…

The relationship between money and value is complex and multifaceted. Understanding ‘value’ and valuing ‘value’ are key to attracting money, yet it’s crucial to recognize that money and value are distinct entities. Here are some insightful thoughts on this relationship:

1. Defining ‘Value’: Value is a subjective concept that goes beyond monetary worth. It encompasses the importance, worth, or usefulness of something in relation to one’s needs, desires, or principles. Understanding value involves recognizing what is truly meaningful and significant to you or to others.

2. Value Drives Demand: When you understand and provide value, whether it’s through products, services, or skills, you create demand. This demand, in turn, attracts money as a form of exchange. The key is to focus on adding value to the lives of others, which will naturally lead to financial rewards.

3. Value is Personal and Subjective: What one person values highly, another may not. This subjectivity means that understanding your target audience or market is crucial in creating value that will be appreciated and, consequently, monetized.

4. The Role of Perception: The perceived value of something can often influence its monetary value. Branding, marketing, and reputation can all play a role in shaping perceptions of value, which can, in turn, impact financial worth.

5. Value Creation and Sustainability: In the long run, businesses and individuals that focus on creating sustainable value, rather than short-term financial gains, are more likely to succeed. This involves considering the social, environmental, and economic impacts of one’s actions and striving for a balance between profit and purpose.

6. The Disconnect Between Money and Value: It’s possible to have a lot of money without creating real value, and vice versa. Wealth accumulation without value creation can lead to ethical dilemmas, societal imbalances, and personal dissatisfaction.

Ask yourself these critical questions?

a. What is the value that I deliver to my clients? How do I measure the impact of the value I deliver? This will encourage you to think about the outcomes and changes that your services produce in your clients’ financial and personal lives.

b. What is the value I am seeking from the people I collaborate with?

c. In what ways do I seek to enhance the value I provide over time? This question prompts you to think about professional development, continuous improvement, and adaptation to changing market conditions or client needs.

d. How can I better communicate the unique value I offer to differentiate myself in a competitive market? This question is about marketing and positioning your services in a way that resonates with the target audience.

e. What feedback have I received from clients regarding the value they perceive and experience? Feedback is crucial for understanding if and how clients’ expectations are being met.