Those of you who listen to Rush Limbaugh have heard him say half facetiously that his ‘talent is on loan from God’.
I actually concur with Rush and have led my adult life that way. I know I have an extraordinary ability to help people run their business better… much better. Since I consider this talent a ‘gift’ I feel that I must make this gift available.
Consequently, I often adjust my consulting fees to fit the pocket book of the person or business I am consulting. If I am charging an hourly rate I adjust the number of hours to be comfortable for the client.
If the client is in a business I disdain (for example, I doubt that astrology is helpful) I will still consult with the business wholeheartedly.
I view my ‘gift’ as a gift to mankind not to me. I suspect that many talented people feel the same way. It is just rude and maybe pretentious to say this out loud so it is not said.