“Success. It’s got enemies. You can be successful and have enemies or you can be unsuccessful and have friends.”

‒ Dominic Cattano, in the movie American gangster.

I’ve done a lot of free stuff in my life, mainly translations, writing stuff and psychological support. A LOT.

People said I was crazy.

I thought I was crazy.

Looking back now…

Hmm, maybe I wasn’t so crazy after all.

If I count all the things I got for free, not through the people I’ve helped for free, but through other people, I kinda get the feeling that for every kind act I have done, I got two, maybe three in return.

That’s what I call emotional currency. If you’re of service to others, it seems to flow back to us in very unexpected ways.

There have also been times that I got really mad at the world, stopped doing anything for free and tried to hoard all my cash.

Those were the times I ended up eating boiled potatoes with the cheapest kind of mayonaise on the side. 5 to 7 days a week.

The advantages of financial currency are that it gets the job done. Padabingpadaboom. You want something, you pull out some government issued paper and done. The downside is that it most definitely doesn’t buy you any friends and that the Beatles were right, can’t buy me love. An other downside is that it can be a hell of strenous journey to gather it in any serious quantity.

Most people I meet have one or the other, or neither, very few people have both.

So what’s in your wallet?

Emotional currency or financial currency?

Love to hear what you think in the comments below.