In finance terms an asset is something that puts money in your pocket while a liability is something that takes money out of your pocket. In layman’s terms that is the basic definition of these two concepts, and i made it easy for you to understand because the purpose of this article is not to talk about finances.
Like i said the above the aim of this article is not finances, not to say that finances are not important. But just to point to the fact that you are more important than finances. Hence, the subject of this article is you, yes you who are reading this very words right now. Let’s talk.
The reason for this article is you, yes you who are now reading this very words. I have got a question for you and if you did not end up here by chance, I’m sure that you already know what my question is. Based on the title of this article i guess you should be able to answer it. However, just in case you didn’t get it i will explain to you what i mean in the next few words.
The Two Sides of Life
You see in life you can either be an asset or a liability, and based on the definition i gave on liabilities and assets, if you remember i said that an asset is something that puts money in your pocket, while a liability is something that takes money from your pocket.
In simple terms if we are to borrow this finance analogy to describe the message i am trying to convey through this article, it would be translated in the following way. In human terms an asset is something that adds value to life, while a liability is something that extracts the value out of life.
Given the above definition in which side of the pendulum do you belong? Do you add value to life or extract value out of it. You see depending on the way you answer to this question it can be a defining moment to your placement in this life.
We are also taught in finances that we should always increase our assets and reduce liabilities. Everything that is a liability is something to be frowned upon, while assets are things that we should all go after. Now what on earth are you? Have you found your placement ye?
Are You Adding Value or Extracting It
In thins life we tend to frown upon people who just take and never give anything in return. Even nature itself rebels when we just take from it and do not put better value back to it. The state in which our planet is at right now is testament to the very words that i am writing.
As i write this article i cannot but to also ask myself whether i am an asset or a liability, by the tone of the words i am writing i might sound a bit judgmental but i assure you that is not the case. The nature of this post in fact takes the personality of the subject i am covering.
It is difficult to talk about it without sounding harsh or a bit hard on whoever just reads a few words of this article without understanding the gist of it.
What i am trying to say is that we all owe something to civilization. We should all be contributors and not just beneficiaries. We as humans are wired with infinite resources that are yet to be tapped at, so to live short of what is expected of us is a miscarriage of destiny.
We Are All Debtors
We all owe something to humanity, something good, something of value, something that contributes to the betterment of society and to the world in which we live. And unless we come to the realization that we did not come to this earth to extract but to give, we will be doing an injustice to the very civilization we aim to preserve.
As humans we should be ashamed if we are not contributing to our immediate environment, we all owe something to our fellow humans and to the communities and societies in which we are part of. So the question remains the same, what are you?
Are you an asset or a Liability?
A Personal Manifesto
- I for one have chosen to be an asset to my generation;
- I have decided to give more of my time, resources, and skills;
- I have decided to give more of myself;
- I want to be a great asset to my generation;
- I want to be an asset to myself and to my fellow humans;
Well, there you have it and its now up to you. You owe it to yourself to answer this question with all honesty.
Are You an Asset or a Liability?
Are You a Giver or a Taker?