What if it’s a myth?
What if you’re either being paid or you’re paying someone?
To be clear, you can be paid in: experience, knowledge, time, case studies, insight, joy, satisfaction, fulfilment, change and yes, of course, money.
Or, you might realise that there’s actually a negative return.
That you’re paying someone else, without benefit, in: talent, time, energy, insight, or change.
So the question of “should I work for free?” actually becomes: “what exactly am I being paid for this and is it of value to me?”