The JOKER:If you are good at something,NEVER do it for FREE.
Heath Ledger did a fantastic job in portraying the Joker and one of his memorable lines in the Dark Knight is ,”If you are good at something never do it for free.”
It is a highly debatable and controversial topic actually. Some will agree with it and some won’t.
I would like to share the story of a male friend. My male friend is a good organizer, he is a hiker and an outdoor person and I remember reading one of his Facebook posts on how he toured 12 of his friends for free for the first time. It was a majestic mountain and it took him a week to explore the place, a place with countless waterfalls and mountains that will leave you wanting more. He was happy that he did it for free for the first time. However, he asked for payment the second time around and some of his friends complained because it should be free because they are friends. You see, some people will have this perception that even if people are friends, everything should be free.
Organizing events is his job and so I would understand why it should not be for free because when I tried organizing a hike, I knew how difficult it was in terms of responsibility and even logistics. He knows that he is good at what he does so doing it for free , even for friends is not something feasible.
I had friends who are organizers, business owners etc, even if they don't ask, I pay for their services or goods. It is because I know that even with friendship, not everything is FREE. I don't like my friends to feel that they are being taken advantage of.
If you are good at something, will you do it for free?
I would agree with the Joker. In my job, a lot of people ask me How....I never answered that directly because I also did not get it for free (time and money investment) I remember the time when I volunteered at a hospital for two years. I did it for free but during that time I could not even eat three meals a day. I was happy and financially drained. I realized that there should be balance...Know when to give and know when to charge money.