If you add enough value to the world, you will be rewarded for your work.
The great among you must be a servant. (Matthew 23:11)
My second cousin, who owns a successful six-figure business said:
If you make it your mission to add value to people, money will chase you down.
But how does compensation work? When will you be rewarded for your hard work? When will it all pay off? Does adding value to others really work?
Let’s explore The Law of Compensation together.
Here are six laws that are foundational to The Law of Compensation:
1. The Law of Value & Service
What does it mean to serve someone? Unless you can answer that question, your so-called value-adding efforts might be missing the mark.
In other words, it isn’t just about blindly adding value to people. It’s about adding the right kind of value to people.
Do people truly benefit from handouts? Do they learn from success that is given to them? Are they grateful for things that fall into their lap?
Everybody enjoys a windfall from time to time, but if life was all up, we’d never appreciate the ups. It’s because of the downs that we appreciate the ups that much more.
In short, value and service is about people development. If you can help people rise above their challenges, you are being of service to them.
2. The Law of Delay
The rewards for value creation don’t come right away. This is why so many people give up helping and serving others prematurely. They don’t see the results they’re looking for, so they assume The Law of Compensation simply doesn’t work.
From the end of December 2013 to March 2014, I encountered a whole series of events that appeared to be negative. But in the subsequent weeks, I saw my life turn around in amazing ways.
I bought a nice a car on the cheap. I was offered a variety of blogging gigs and substitute teaching opportunities. I took on a home recording client. I met some amazing people within the music industry.
At first, I thought it was simply because I had gotten my spiritual life in order. While that does play a part, one of my mentors helped me to understand that the rewards are coming because I’ve been doing the right things long enough consistently.
I don’t know if I had to work my way out of a spiritual deficit (maybe I spent too much time taking instead of giving to the world) to get to where I was, or if I finally found the right niche, but either way, there was a delay, and the only way through it was through it.
3. The Law of Increasing Returns
If you feel disheartened by the first two laws, you’re going to like this one.
The Law of Increasing Returns states that the value you add to the world will be multiplied back to you. It doesn’t merely come back to you.
I have been humbled over and over again by the fact that I cannot produce anything on my own. I have tried many times to make things happen in my own strength, but rarely if ever did those endeavors prove fruitful.
Incidentally, I did not strive to get the blessings I mentioned earlier. They came knocking on my door.
Did I stay steady? Yes. Did I stay consistent? Yes. Did I fight the temptation to give up? Yes.
But blessings are blessings because they haven’t been striven for. I cannot take credit for them, though I do receive them with gratitude. Gratitude could be a whole other Law unto itself.
The point is that you don’t just get what you give. If you give because it’s within you to give, much more will be given back to you.
4. The Law of Momentum
You must build up considerable momentum to see any kind of blessings. The Law of Momentum goes hand-in-hand with The Law of Consistency, which I will be talking about more later.
When I think of momentum, I often think of Zig Ziglar’s water pump analogy. The essence of it is that it takes momentum for the pump to produce water. If you don’t prime the pump and pump it for long enough, you won’t get any water. If you give up midway, you will have to start all over again.
It takes time to build momentum. Even if everything inside you tells you to stop, you must keep going.
5. The Law of Gifting & Ability
Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.
In 2014, I was planning on leaving teaching behind, but I soon found myself back in the lesson room. I was planning on selling my studio, and found myself taking on clients again. I was planning on building my reputation as a writer through many blogs, and I ended up focusing on The Music Entrepreneur HQ.
The blessings I mentioned earlier could have come in a variety of ways. I have multiple blogs and websites. I have multiple businesses. But the rewards came to me in a specific field of endeavor; namely music.
So, when you begin to see the “increasing returns”, they may not come to you in the way you expect them to. Notwithstanding, they will be connected to your strengths and ability as an individual.
Or, for those who believe they were created for a specific purpose, the rewards will be connected to your destiny and ultimately your legacy.
6. The Law of Consistency
Value creation is not a one-time activity. Many of us give to charities at Christmastime or celebrate friends and family members once a year, but very few of us do this consistently. We must go against our own nature if we want to be less self-serving and more others-focused.
But even that isn’t quite right. We must find it within our own being to be giving. It can’t come from an inauthentic place.
People do remember the one-time blessings. But what if you were to bless those same people more often? What if you weren’t driven by Holidays or annual events? What if you consistently impacted people without any prompting?
That’s how momentum is built. A lasting impact can be created through a little bit of daily effort. There’s nothing wrong with one-time events, but you will find it difficult to build momentum with them.
Does the Law of Compensation make more sense in light of these six foundational laws? Do you see how it all works?
Ultimately, your heart must be in the right place for it to work. You can’t just give to get and expect good things to happen long-term, though it might work out in the short-term. But, as they say, you can always fake it until you make it.