If you’re involved in any form of creative artistry, I want you to consider if what you’re doing is worth getting paid for.
I’ve struggled with my ‘worth’ in monetary terms for quite some time. Mostly because I believe that God values me above all his other creations, but also because money is so deeply connected with our sense of self-worth.
This seems to be true more for men than women. We seem to value ourselves based on how well we are able to provide for our families. And don’t get me started on the ways in which we compare ourselves to others, men and women alike. That’s one giant death trap.
Consider this, then: when you work, do you expect to be compensated? Is that expectation set forth up front, and in no uncertain terms? If you begin working and have not yet secured your wage (at least in writing), you are opening your self up to not being paid.
This is fine if you’re helping an old lady cross the street (do old women even cross the street anymore?). Or if you’re helping a stranger get their sedan unstuck in a blizzard.
Those are great an noble efforts, designed by God to remind us all of his great compassion. After all, if we are his hands and feet, let us get off our butts and do something.
But what about adding value to others in their pursuit of profits? Shouldn’t you get paid?
I love this clip from Harlan Ellison on getting paid (language alert):
After watching the clip, have you realized more of your own value?
Have you recognized places where you are being undervalued?
How will you approach getting paid what you’re worth in the future?
Leave a comment below; I’d love to hear how you’re going to push yourself as a result.