In Japan, there are people classified as Living Treasures. They are the highest skilled individuals in theater and in the arts and craft. Last year, I visited a tea shop in Kagoshima, in the Island of Kyushu and saw this tea cup:
Notice 840,000 yen is around $7,825.00 and this is sold in a tea shop in a shopping center, not in an antique or jewelry store. Why would people be willing to pay $7,825.00 for a new tea cup? I think there is great satisfaction in owing something valuable. I would love to own the tea cup to drink my tea and to feel the creative energy coming from the artist, but I would be fearful of dropping it.
Along this line, I had a dream about being in Barbados and the power of differentiating yourself. You might like to see the video on youtube: http://bit.ly/1CKo0cK