I called a local business that specializes in picking up junk. They named their price. I hung up. I got too much cheap Indian blood flowing through my veins for me to be paying their ridiculous asking price.
I kept the broken TV parked on the side of my room. Then my mom got fed up and she told me to throw it outside. Park it on the side of the street and put a “FREE” sign on it. So I did. I thought it was a good idea. The TV wasn’t totally broken. It just needed a new part that would cost $300 and it would be as good as new.
Then I waited.
The hours passed and then the days passed and then the weeks passed and no one claimed the TV. I was dumb founded. It was a perfectly good TV. But no one picked it up. I have cameras outside my house and I would spy on people as they came, looked at the TV, and then walked away. I thought they were coming back for it. They never came.
My mom laughed. My sister laughed. My brother laughed. They told me I specialized in marketing and yet I couldn’t even get rid of a free TV. And they were right. I couldn’t.
But then one night I had an idea. My mom thought the idea was stupid. My brother thought it was insane. I thought it was the best idea I ever had.
I went outside with a new note in hand and I taped it to the TV. I came back inside and went to bed. It was late and I was tired. The next morning the TV was gone.
It was left outside for weeks and weeks and weeks and no one picked it up. But now someone finally took it. I ran inside and watched the recording my camera captured. I couldn’t believe what I saw.
Four men dressed in all black came to my house at 4:03 am and they took my TV. My idea worked perfectly.
What was written on the note?
And that made all the difference in the world.
The men in black were thieves and they stole my TV. And that was exactly what I wanted someone to do. I didn’t want the $1000. The $1000 was just an illusion. I just wanted to get rid of my broken TV. And I did.
I said all of the above to say the following:
If you don’t place value on yourself, the world will never take notice because the world only values those who value themselves.
Sometimes in life you have to fake it till you make it. You have to assign value to yourself (or your broken TV) before the world takes notice. If you don’t value yourself, people will just walk by you without giving two fucks.
Raise your value. And the world will notice you.
Someday’s I’m just like the broken TV on the side of the street. I feel like a useless piece of trash. I wait helplessly for someone to walk over and attach value to me. It never happens. And then I get fed up and make the decision to love myself and value myself and then the world opens up and it comes running with everything it has to offer.