The term currency is used to describe a purchasing power. Money, the most commonly understood currency, is used to acquire all kinds of stuff, for example. But is it the only purchasing power, currency, you have? What about imagination? Could imagination be used to acquire stuff? Why not? You could be creative with an idea and provide a solution that then enables you to acquire another’s confidence, love, respect or freedom to pursue other endeavors. So imagination does have purchasing power and in certain roles and certain times, is the most powerful purchasing power. If there is a problem that needs to be resolved, a solution that needs to be acquired, then it more likely that creative thinkers will have a higher purchasing power than actual money. I am not devaluing the role of money, merely making the case that there are other currencies at your disposal that need to be valued just has highly as money.
Other currencies worth considering are knowledge, optimism, skills, emotions, love, work ethic and even good-looks. “She can open doors with her smile” the lyric goes. Some of you simply out-work others and that purchasing power gets you the results you want and the respect you seek. In personal relationships, those that know how to love are able to acquire and keep friends. The point here is that it is really worth exploring your top three currencies both at work and outside work that you rely on for acquiring what you need. And to start treating these currencies the same way as you would your money. You want to invest them in the right places or with the right people so that they grow, not in people or workplaces that devalue them.
This week, take inventory of what your currencies are. What are you good at and rely on to acquire the outcomes you want? Once you have that list, put them somewhere (mobile device, on top on your laptop, car, office space, etc) and remind yourself daily of investing in growing these currencies. You will find that this will actually lead to greater purchasing power, irrespective of how the outcomes change or as life evolves, and that will be the ultimate measure of your wealth.