I was just reading my email, as I do several times each day. One of my quickest clicks in my inbox is always items from Google alerts. These alerts bring many interesting ideas and stories from around the World and the Word Wide web.
The unique eBay story delivered to me by Google and immediately catching my eye today, relayed the facts surrounding an incredible amount of cold hard cash someone actually paid to sit down & lunch with a very smart man.
The price was extreme, the lunch is not included, the proceeds go to charity.
Read this Reuters story about how some very wealthy man paid 2.11 Million Dollars on eBay to sit down with a more wealthy man - Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, to have lunch. I assume the winner of this outrageous charity auction hopes to glean some sort of incredible insight into the business of investment banking. Otherwise he is just a generous soul who wanted to help the homeless in San Fransisco all the way from his home in China.
This was one of the highest grossing transactions ever completed through eBay and certainly for charity using the eBay auction platform.
In any case, this story brings to light a real commodity in the world wide economy... Information.
People have always paid for, worked for or tried to steal information and they always will. Information is as valuable as Gold or Silver and it is much more portable. The Word and the people in it are starving for information and in these times of instant Internet access and endless streams of data, we just want more.
If you are an expert at anything, if you know how to build, or create or maintain or manage or control something better than anyone else, you have a commodity worthy of merchandising.
Think about what it is you know that others would like to know. It does not have to be the secret of life or a million page document. It could be as simple as a new and very exciting way to knit doilies (not exciting to me but you get the idea). Anything someone would like to learn could be something of value.
Warren Buffett's lunch time is worth 2.11 million dollars... Your knowledge may not bring that kind of price, but if you could sell it 10,000 times at $9.99 each time, you would not complain.
Think about what you know... It could be worthwhile.