Many people who have come into my contact tell me that they don’t have anything to leverage against…………
Let me tell you a story
‘In order to make himself appear more important, a miller lies to a king, telling him that his daughter can spin straw into gold. (Some versions make the miller’s daughter blonde and describe the “straw-into-gold” claim as a careless boast the miller makes about the way his daughter’s strawlike blonde hair takes on a goldlike luster when sunshine strikes it.) The king calls for the girl, shuts her in a tower room filled with straw and a spinning wheel, and demands that she spin the straw into gold by morning or he will cut off her head (other versions have the king threatening to lock her up in a dungeon forever). She has given up all hope until an imp-like creature appears in the room and spins the straw into gold for her in return for her necklace. When the king takes the girl, on the next morning, to a larger room filled with straw to repeat the feat, the imp spins in return for the girl’s ring. On the third day, when the girl has been taken to an even larger room with straw and told by the king that he will marry her if she can fill this room with gold or kill her if she cannot, the girl has nothing left with which to pay the strange creature. He extracts from her a promise that her firstborn child will be given to him, and spins the room full of gold a final time.'(wikipedia)
The story ends mostly with a happy ending…………… the girl becomes a queen and then saves her child………
The point of the above fairy tale is that people used (and still do) other things as leverage. Your advance payment from your boss is a leverage borrowed against your skills of working to cover your debts…………….
THE POINT IS…………….. You always have something to leverage against………. All you have to do is recognize the things or skill that you can leverage against. It is not always the property or currency that can be used to pay the leverage.
The next time you read a fairy tale or watch a movie………… remember remember…..