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Worth vs. Cost

Alright, I know that talking about salary and compensation can be tricky and intimidating. Here's my point of view on discussing your pay/compensation:

  • We work because we have bills to pay.

  • We work because we have a lifestyle to support.

  • We work because we provide for our family.

At the end of the day, you work for a paycheck. Ideally, we all want to get more pay to do less work. Am I right? Yep. You ready for some real talk? Like truth that hurts, kinda talk?

Here we go...I want you to start looking at your paycheck as simply (but respectfully) a transition of time for money. So many of us are hesitant to say that compensation is an important component of our careers. Girl, own it! Let's normalize being confident and comfortable with talking about money! There is no need to be humble and shy about what you want to make on your paycheck. What's not ok is thinking that you can't have the pay that you want and/or deserve. You get what you believe you're worth. Money is a lotta things, but it's not everything...

With that being said, I want you to understand that in terms of your career, there's a difference between worth and cost:

  • Worth: You are PRICELESS. No amount of money on a paycheck can fully articulate your worth on God's green earth.

  • Worth: Stop negotiating your salary based on your worth. Reread above bullet point for reference again. There really isn't a number that can accurately reflect your worth. There might be a nice number that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but never an actual number that says I am worth $X. Ok? Mmkk...

  • Cost: What is it costing you in that job? Meaning, are you sacrificing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being by staying in that job?

  • Cost: On the flip side, is making a sh*t ton more money really going to give you more of the intangible things that you want? Like work-life balance, flexibility, autonomy, peace of mind, aligned values, quality of life, or happiness? Is money truly the answer to all of your career woes?

Like I said, it's totally ok to make and talk about money. Don't allow chasing that money or a glitzy title overshadow the more important things that money can't buy though. Last thought I want to leave you with...outside of the paycheck, what is your WHY for working? If you're unsure of how to answer that question or need guidance, reach out. I'm happy to help you identify your career why.

💜 Mollie

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