You Are Worth More!

by Tony Yost

You are worth more than you are being paid!

Does that come as a surprise to you? Have you felt that you couldn’t possibly find another job that would pay you as well? Have you been doing everything your boss asks you to do, no matter how unreasonable, like working so much that you never see your family?

Please don’t get me wrong… Taking pride in your work and “going the extra mile” on occasion is a very good thing, and it may be one of the reasons that you are worth more than you are being paid. But if you are constantly missing the important events in your life because you feel like you have to, maybe it’s time for you to create more balance.

How do I know that you are worth more than you are being paid?

It’s very simple. You are still employed. See, the difference in what you are being paid and what you are worth, is called “profit” by your employer. And profit is the whole reason for your company’s existence. If your employer was not making more money from your work, than you are getting paid, then you wouldn’t be there.

Make no mistake. Profit for your employer is a good thing. That’s what keeps the wheels of industry turning. Just don’t let their values override your own. Go see your child in that Christmas play. The work will still be there when you get back. And you’ll be much happier doing it.

And if you are an employer, note that your employees will be much more able to concentrate on their jobs if they don’t have family issues to worry about.

To give credit where credit is due, I got the basic idea for this from Pat O’Bryan in his book Your Portable Empire. Something to think about, isn’t it?

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