My grandfather died during my senior year of high school. He did not have much to leave behind, but what he did have he tried to spread evenly among us grandkids – American Airlines stock (oy vey). Back in 2001 each stock was worth $1, at one point the value dropped to $0.51 and with the recent merger (US Airways) it jumped up to $4.89. Over a 12 year period my mediocre piece of stock became useless, but eventually became something worth holding on to. It made me wonder… if my work and life experience was printed on a piece of paper and given a stock value, what would that dollar amount be, and what would my highs and lows look like?
What would I be worth to employers or investors looking to trade me? How do I figure out that value? It is very amusing to Google the phrase “What am I worth?” I came across a website called Human For Sale that invites you to take a quiz providing a monetary result for your net worth. It’s a total fishing site, so I don’t recommend using it. I took the dumb risk to find out that my net worth is $1,976,120, which is pretty cool, I guess.
My value in the market place comes from my life experiences. Here is a list of some of the random highlights since age 18:
- Playing with kids at a nature camp
- Perfecting my music and diving into business classes
- Interning at the BB King Blues Club
- Starting a new chapter of Delta Zeta sorority
- Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity
- Working at the world famous Carnegie Hall
- Promoting Broadway Shows
- Getting involved in the Austin tech community
- Teaching people how to sing
So what does all of this add up to? A well rounded gal who loves to learn something new each day, find the next challenge and create new opportunities. Apparently that makes me worth about $2 million.