The problem with price tags is that we start to lose connection with the priceless. We start to lose connection with our intrinsic motivation. – Nipun Mehta
Are we motivated by love or money?
A story by Nipun Mehta
There is a story on Wall street where a man was running a venture fund. They had a great year, and his boss called him in to congratulate him and offered the proverbial blank check, “What would you like?” He looks his boss in the eye and says, “What I’d love is a minute of silence before all our group meetings.”
Wow. The boss is thinking, “In a context where people are billing every three minutes, a minute of silence to do nothing? That’s like wasting time.” He refuses. “No. Anything else?” he asks. No. After sleeping on it, though, the boss comes back to say, “Look, if you really want that minute of silence, fine, I’ll give it to you.” They began every meeting with a minute of silence. That minute turned into two to three to five minutes. Today, they do thirty minutes once a week, and even have their own meditation bell.
What was this guy thinking? On one side, he could have asked for a monetary raise, but on the other side was very different kind of capital — mental quiet, connection, trust. He is thinking, “I don’t want to meet people in a space of rush. I’d rather meet them with a bit more peace.” It changed his relationship to himself, it changed his relationship to other people and certainly with his boss. And it didn’t just stop there. It changed how everyone related to each other. It changed the whole culture of their office space. And that was something he valued more than the financial capital.
Sometimes our thoughts and actions of generosity, can create ripple effects that can change our world. How can we re-define what is means to have capital? How can we diversify our portfolio of wealth?
Interestingly, I have found in my own life, the more I live from a generous heart, the more abundantly my wealth seems to grow.
When we do that, when we really start saying yes to that idea, we are essentially saying, “It’s no longer about the CEO, it’s about the everyday Joe. It’s no longer about fundraising, it’s about friend-raising. It’s no longer about price tags, it’s about the priceless.”