An Adult Talk
My first-grade son and I had a discussion tonight that shifted his view of the world. We’ve been having more and more “grown up discussions” in the past year, and tonight we talked about how even his father and I have to make decisions sometimes about what we want to spend money on. I compared it to him wanting a toy that cost more than his allowance, and how he could either decide to save for it or ask us to do more chores around his house to increase his allowance.
His eyes got wide. “You mean if I decide to do more chores I can get a bigger allowance?”
“Yes,” I said, “as long as you figure out how you think you could help and we agree that it’s valuable.”
I don’t think our lives will ever be the same.
And really, it’s the same for all of us who work in the corporate world. How many people do you know who complain about how their yearly raise doesn’t even keep up with the rising costs of health care? Who lament about how terrible it is that the economy has tanked and companies only give 2-3 percent raises these days (and that’s if you are lucky)? Who gripe about their salary yet do what’s asked of them day after day instead of offering more?
I don’t think it occurs to many of us cubicle dwellers that we are all entrepreneurs in today’s economy. That our employers are just our biggest clients at this time, but they might not always be. That if you find ways to contribute more than you are asked to deliver, you will become invaluable and they will have to pay you more.
Today’s Strength Training Challenge
Change your mindset: You now determine your own salary. Look up, away from your problems in the trenches and toward the problems that your bosses are trying to solve. How can you help? How can you get involved? How can you make a difference? Put some thought into it, and suggest ways that you can contribute to their success.
If you deliver on your ideas, do you think they will increase your allowance? Make your contribution so strong that the only logical answer is “Yes.”