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Getting Paid What You are Worth

Posted By: Randy GageNovember 12, 2010

In yesterday’s post I asked about having a job you don’t really love, and when we find our assignment.  Interesting subject…

I believe your assignment is not really a decision you reach, but a discovery you make.  Which leads us to the issue of what you should do until you discover your assignment…

I think there is nothing wrong with working a job until you get the money you need to start your own business, or get experience for a better one, or even till you discover what you are meant to do.

If that’s the case, I believe you should stay at your job, and be the best employee you can possibly be.  Do extra work, come in a few minutes early and do even more than is required.

Doing so creates a disciple and work ethic that will serve you well later in life.  It also expands your consciousness and opens you up to attract and recognize your assignment when it arrives.

In “The Master Key to Riches,” Napoleon Hill lists going the extra mile as one of the 17 principles necessary for becoming wealthy.  Here’s what Emerson said in his amazing essay on compensation:  “If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more.  Put God in your debt.  Every stroke shall be repaid.  The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.”

Let’s go even deeper…

You could make the argument that the most profitable time you devote to labor is when you’re not getting compensated in financial measure for it initially.  Here’s why:

You actually get paid two ways:  First through your salary.  And second through the skills that you are developing.  For those skills can help you earn more for the rest of your life.

Remember that when Carnegie offered Napoleon Hill the opportunity to learn his wealth building philosophy, he paid him nothing.  Yet Hill went on to earn millions of dollars (back when millions of dollars was a lot of money) from what he learned in the experience.

If I have learned anything in my study of prosperity it is this:  You can’t out give the universe.  What you send out comes back to you in multiples.  And this applies in all areas, even the work you do.  The skills you develop and the experience you earn, along with the fact that ultimately you’ll be rewarded in multiples of what you send out all are the compound interest on compound interest that Emerson described.

Does that mean you should be exploited in a dead-end job for meager wages forever?  No. But it does mean that if you provide your employer with more value than you receive, you will attract higher wages or a better job along the way, provided you are open to receiving it.  And that gets you one step closer to discovering your assignment.  Which is where we’ll pick up next time.

A few questions for thought…

Do you now do your work with joy?  If not, what could you do to make that possible?  If you do not work with joy, and you don’t think that it is possible where you are now employed, what did you do to cause that situation to come into being?
And what can you do about it?

-RG

24 comments on “Getting Paid What You are Worth”

  1. "The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."-William James

    So, if you are not exactly where you'd like to be professionally or personally at any given moment, your attitude in that moment makes ALL the difference in the world.

  2. My case is half and half , sometime sems to me like throwing a pearls to swine, but for the future very good investment to my skills.
    Can agree only.

    Wencel

  3. Thanks for the e-mail Randy. It helped me discover a few things. First, I'm definitely not doing my job with joy. I think its because i'm not in a state of grattitude and i need to get there. There's nothing wrong with where i work, it's actually good place to work at. It's just that i've been here for so long and know that that purpose is else where. I'm just not sure where it is. I know my calling is somewhere else and i have to get in prayer and meditation more asking for guidance to find it. Your blog helped me alot to realize i need to be in a state of gratitude and work hard regardless knowing that i will get repaid in different forms. Having that trust i see is key now. Thanks bud.

  4. I like where you say that "if you provide your employer with more value than you receive, you will attract higher wages or a better job along the way, provided you are open to receiving it". This is like saying no matter what the appearances may be, you know that prosperity and abundance are at the core of life and you act accordingly.

    I love what your last few posts have explored!

    Josip

  5. In "The Science of Getting Rich", Wattles states that it's important to give a higher value than the cash value received. This is consistent with what you say here.

    And the fact that we have an opportunity to give of our talents, vision and purpose in order to contribute to the world is what's important to focus upon.

    Like you say Randy, we cannot out give the Universe and it's amazing how it comes back to us in so many ways!

  6. Thanks for the post!

    My new boss, in the same current job, told me I was undeservedly getting paid lower than my peers. He helped set up an interview within the company with a higher pay and which was more suitable to my personality (his words!). Didn't work out. A substantial raise, to bring it at par with my peers, was against HR policies.

    This event triggered a deeper self-introspection...turns out, I was manifesting everything but money. We moved as desired, got the job as desired, got the respect at the job as desired, we are happy blah, blah, blah - but I never ever stopped to think about actual dollar numbers!

    This job is/was more of a staging job and it gave me much more in return than expected.

    The second phase of life has started and I feel, I am just on the verge of making the penultimate move.

  7. I am trying to build a network marketing business. The reason I do not get joy from it is I have leadership problems. To improve that situation I have to do that job despite I get pain from it untill I learn how to do it properly.

    thanks for the post.

  8. one thing I also do is studying which is also not bringing joy to me.

    I do not have reached success in MLM, so I do not earn enough money to be independent, that is why I still cannot resist my parents, they are making me study.

    The key here is to become successful in MLM by becoming professional there.

  9. Hi Randy,

    This post reminds me of one principle Wallace Wattles wrote about in the Science of Getting Rich.

    If working a job you dislike, continuing doing things in a certain way and the universe moves you toward the life held in your vision.

    The universal bank is open 24-7, 365. Every thought, feeling and act is repaid in some way, shape or form so it's wise to give it your all no matter where you're working or how much you like your job. Just make sure to hold a vision of your dream life during the process.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

  10. For me 'Joy' is also an ungrateful master... “If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.”

    Following your bliss is another ungrateful master. Bliss and joy can lead you in infinite circles to nowhere. It may be a direction but not the path. While I 'enjoy' joy when ever he/she/it appears the ingredient most required I say is something like 'endure'.... Regardless whether you can find joy in the moment if you will endure to the other side [and sometimes one step at a time] all will be repaid. Quit and you lose everything and you return to the beginning only to start over again. I am suspect of anyone on drugs, natural or otherwise.

  11. I whole-heartedly agree with what Ryan said above. Our 'paycheck' comes from one main source in many different forms ... we never really know where and when our rewards are going to show up.

    I have had jobs I love more and jobs I love less - I've owned my own businesses and worked for others - but even when the companies I've worked for haven't been my own, I still always approached them with the mindset of being the business 'owner', not just the employee - I've done my best to give of my time and service as though each position was the most important I'd ever had, and I know that type of commitment to being excellent in whatever one done is like making a deposit that will be paid back many times over in many ways.

    =)

  12. I was working for an office that was just a disaster through and through, the owner was not open to prosperity, it was fear of clients leaving, and of the employees outshining the boss. So I stuck in it, built a part-time business on the side...knowing what I didn't want was a HUGE motivation in getting my other business going. Eventually when my boss hit my last nerve..I had the capacity to break off and do my own thing...not only that I created a vacuum that literally the very next day i had a phone call from a guy asking to be a partner. Now that's prosperity laws at work!

  13. Wonderful post Randy...

    Wearing my lawyer hat I say 'Hear hear. I commend it to the house!'. Wearing my entrepreneur hat I say 'Eureka...bring it on!'

    Insightful, inspirational and bang on the nose. I feel blessed and fortunate that I have realised my assignment.

    Accordingly, I look forward to meeting you on prosperity planet someday...

    Thank-you for sharing 🙂

    Warmest regards

    Chrissie
    The Entrepreneur Lawyer

  14. Hi Randy,

    I read something like this some years ago in one of your books.

    I did what you said and tried to give always more value to my company than they paid to me.

    And yes it worked.

    Now I am working from home since two years as an entrepreneur with my own webdesign company.

    That's great!

    Thank you for inspiring me, Randy!

    Best greeting from Austria

    Volker

  15. I love this topic. Owning the choice to work in pursuit of excellence itself is a joy to me.

    I have been in positions where I was so sunk into the depths of (self-induced) depression that the idea of working was a drag. The fact that I KNOW deep down at the core of my soul that I was lacking in positive, creative life force was like a slow painful death. I have felt nothing worst than the uselessness this approach brings - the impotence & powerlessness. And by choice too - b/c I was focused on trying to get 100% but not giving 100%. I think nothing devalues self-worth more than trying to con the universe. That's the price and it's not worth it.

    So yes, I work now for the joy of working and I have discovered that the joy can be found in simply doing a job as well as I can and throwing my heart and soul into it, no matter the size of the task. My personal rule is to honor my feelings & never compromise to do what does not bring joy to me. It's easy if I stay true to myself. Work is a gift, and an honor. It tells me that I am alive. 🙂

  16. Agreed. going that extra mile pays off in time and the CHOICE is ours to make what we do a burden or a possitive and/ or learning experience. The universe IS our accomplice.

  17. Randy, that is great advice. I left the entrepreneurial realm and got my first job at 28 after bankruptcy. Basically, I had no choice, but honestly it's pretty tough to make big money as an employee unless you learn to sell something. I don't believe anyone should continue working for somebody if it is affecting their health, routine, or making them miserable. Life is too short for that.

  18. I think this is well written Randy because if you don't love what you're doing....get the hell out and do something that you do enjoy! And as I've learned from you.....

    What matters is that you dedicate yourself to be a little better today than you were yesterday!
    Hope you don't mind me sharing this with everyone I meet each and every day...
    Thank you, thank you, thank you...we are born to be prosperous!
    Tony Beach

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  • 24 comments on “Getting Paid What You are Worth”

    1. "The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."-William James

      So, if you are not exactly where you'd like to be professionally or personally at any given moment, your attitude in that moment makes ALL the difference in the world.

    2. My case is half and half , sometime sems to me like throwing a pearls to swine, but for the future very good investment to my skills.
      Can agree only.

      Wencel

    3. Thanks for the e-mail Randy. It helped me discover a few things. First, I'm definitely not doing my job with joy. I think its because i'm not in a state of grattitude and i need to get there. There's nothing wrong with where i work, it's actually good place to work at. It's just that i've been here for so long and know that that purpose is else where. I'm just not sure where it is. I know my calling is somewhere else and i have to get in prayer and meditation more asking for guidance to find it. Your blog helped me alot to realize i need to be in a state of gratitude and work hard regardless knowing that i will get repaid in different forms. Having that trust i see is key now. Thanks bud.

    4. I like where you say that "if you provide your employer with more value than you receive, you will attract higher wages or a better job along the way, provided you are open to receiving it". This is like saying no matter what the appearances may be, you know that prosperity and abundance are at the core of life and you act accordingly.

      I love what your last few posts have explored!

      Josip

    5. In "The Science of Getting Rich", Wattles states that it's important to give a higher value than the cash value received. This is consistent with what you say here.

      And the fact that we have an opportunity to give of our talents, vision and purpose in order to contribute to the world is what's important to focus upon.

      Like you say Randy, we cannot out give the Universe and it's amazing how it comes back to us in so many ways!

    6. Thanks for the post!

      My new boss, in the same current job, told me I was undeservedly getting paid lower than my peers. He helped set up an interview within the company with a higher pay and which was more suitable to my personality (his words!). Didn't work out. A substantial raise, to bring it at par with my peers, was against HR policies.

      This event triggered a deeper self-introspection...turns out, I was manifesting everything but money. We moved as desired, got the job as desired, got the respect at the job as desired, we are happy blah, blah, blah - but I never ever stopped to think about actual dollar numbers!

      This job is/was more of a staging job and it gave me much more in return than expected.

      The second phase of life has started and I feel, I am just on the verge of making the penultimate move.

    7. I am trying to build a network marketing business. The reason I do not get joy from it is I have leadership problems. To improve that situation I have to do that job despite I get pain from it untill I learn how to do it properly.

      thanks for the post.

    8. one thing I also do is studying which is also not bringing joy to me.

      I do not have reached success in MLM, so I do not earn enough money to be independent, that is why I still cannot resist my parents, they are making me study.

      The key here is to become successful in MLM by becoming professional there.

    9. Hi Randy,

      This post reminds me of one principle Wallace Wattles wrote about in the Science of Getting Rich.

      If working a job you dislike, continuing doing things in a certain way and the universe moves you toward the life held in your vision.

      The universal bank is open 24-7, 365. Every thought, feeling and act is repaid in some way, shape or form so it's wise to give it your all no matter where you're working or how much you like your job. Just make sure to hold a vision of your dream life during the process.

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Ryan

    10. For me 'Joy' is also an ungrateful master... “If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.”

      Following your bliss is another ungrateful master. Bliss and joy can lead you in infinite circles to nowhere. It may be a direction but not the path. While I 'enjoy' joy when ever he/she/it appears the ingredient most required I say is something like 'endure'.... Regardless whether you can find joy in the moment if you will endure to the other side [and sometimes one step at a time] all will be repaid. Quit and you lose everything and you return to the beginning only to start over again. I am suspect of anyone on drugs, natural or otherwise.

    11. I whole-heartedly agree with what Ryan said above. Our 'paycheck' comes from one main source in many different forms ... we never really know where and when our rewards are going to show up.

      I have had jobs I love more and jobs I love less - I've owned my own businesses and worked for others - but even when the companies I've worked for haven't been my own, I still always approached them with the mindset of being the business 'owner', not just the employee - I've done my best to give of my time and service as though each position was the most important I'd ever had, and I know that type of commitment to being excellent in whatever one done is like making a deposit that will be paid back many times over in many ways.

      =)

    12. I was working for an office that was just a disaster through and through, the owner was not open to prosperity, it was fear of clients leaving, and of the employees outshining the boss. So I stuck in it, built a part-time business on the side...knowing what I didn't want was a HUGE motivation in getting my other business going. Eventually when my boss hit my last nerve..I had the capacity to break off and do my own thing...not only that I created a vacuum that literally the very next day i had a phone call from a guy asking to be a partner. Now that's prosperity laws at work!

    13. Wonderful post Randy...

      Wearing my lawyer hat I say 'Hear hear. I commend it to the house!'. Wearing my entrepreneur hat I say 'Eureka...bring it on!'

      Insightful, inspirational and bang on the nose. I feel blessed and fortunate that I have realised my assignment.

      Accordingly, I look forward to meeting you on prosperity planet someday...

      Thank-you for sharing 🙂

      Warmest regards

      Chrissie
      The Entrepreneur Lawyer

    14. Hi Randy,

      I read something like this some years ago in one of your books.

      I did what you said and tried to give always more value to my company than they paid to me.

      And yes it worked.

      Now I am working from home since two years as an entrepreneur with my own webdesign company.

      That's great!

      Thank you for inspiring me, Randy!

      Best greeting from Austria

      Volker

    15. I love this topic. Owning the choice to work in pursuit of excellence itself is a joy to me.

      I have been in positions where I was so sunk into the depths of (self-induced) depression that the idea of working was a drag. The fact that I KNOW deep down at the core of my soul that I was lacking in positive, creative life force was like a slow painful death. I have felt nothing worst than the uselessness this approach brings - the impotence & powerlessness. And by choice too - b/c I was focused on trying to get 100% but not giving 100%. I think nothing devalues self-worth more than trying to con the universe. That's the price and it's not worth it.

      So yes, I work now for the joy of working and I have discovered that the joy can be found in simply doing a job as well as I can and throwing my heart and soul into it, no matter the size of the task. My personal rule is to honor my feelings & never compromise to do what does not bring joy to me. It's easy if I stay true to myself. Work is a gift, and an honor. It tells me that I am alive. 🙂

    16. Agreed. going that extra mile pays off in time and the CHOICE is ours to make what we do a burden or a possitive and/ or learning experience. The universe IS our accomplice.

    17. Randy, that is great advice. I left the entrepreneurial realm and got my first job at 28 after bankruptcy. Basically, I had no choice, but honestly it's pretty tough to make big money as an employee unless you learn to sell something. I don't believe anyone should continue working for somebody if it is affecting their health, routine, or making them miserable. Life is too short for that.

    18. I think this is well written Randy because if you don't love what you're doing....get the hell out and do something that you do enjoy! And as I've learned from you.....

      What matters is that you dedicate yourself to be a little better today than you were yesterday!
      Hope you don't mind me sharing this with everyone I meet each and every day...
      Thank you, thank you, thank you...we are born to be prosperous!
      Tony Beach

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