Dear Minimum Wage Earners:
I’ve got great news for you.
You are not required to make this minimum amount of pay for the rest of your life. It is all up to you. It is a decision. It is a choice. It has to do with three things:
Starting positions are not the final placement in the race of life.
Minimum Wage is all about those three things. As you gain experience, ability, and knowledge, you will demand, command, and be given higher wages.
You are not shackled to this company, position, or business. You are free to leave at a moment’s notice. (Or a two-week notice if you’re an employee.)
You have the ability and the right to move anywhere you want. To start again anywhere you want. Including starting your own company.
Just as it is not wise to strong arm a company and demand a higher wage without providing a higher service, so it goes with YOUR business and customers. Higher payments demand higher thinking.
You must think above and beyond. And doing above and beyond means making yourself so valuable that they “want” to pay you more. When you act like a leader they will put you in leadership positions. And they will pay you leadership pay.
This is totally about you—it has nothing to do with the company or your customers. It has to do with your performance, not their pay structure.
In every endeavor, you are virtually given a blank check weekly/monthly. You determine the dollar amount filled in every day. If you want more—do more, become more. You can do this. You can step up. You can require more than you’ve ever required from yourself before. It’s a mindset.
If you are whining about being paid minimum wage, you are whining to the wrong people. The people who want to pay you more will never pay more to a whiner. They don’t want the whiners around. They want people who are going forward and upward.
Rest assured—you know what to do to add more value to the position you have, in someone else’s company or your own.
If you did own the company, would you want you working for you?
If you were one of your customers, would you pay for you?
Are you the kind of employee who would empower the entire corporation? Are you the type of entrepreneur who will turn non-paying people into raving fan customers? Are you the kind of person who will go the extra mile, and another mile, and another mile—if necessary? I want the person who says, “I can do it. Count it done if you give it to me. I will find a way to make it work.”
You would want the winners—not the whiners. You want the cans—not the can’ts. You would want those with a smile—not a frown. It is hard to smile when you’re whining.
A huge awkward, uncomfortable position to take: you are responsible for where you are. Every aspect of your life was a choice, a decision, a settlement of one kind or another. Everyone experiences bad things they can’t control—but you do control how you respond to those bad things.
Once you fully understand the power behind that statement, you will feel empowered at least for a moment. The key is to generate that empowerment continuously. On a moment’s notice you can pull this power from within. It is there now. You might have to practice it over and over again. But it is there.
If you ever wondered if there is more for you, the answer is yes. If you ever wondered if you can make a lot more money, the answer is yes. If you ever wanted to know if your life would be meaningful and make a difference, the answer is yes.
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Bottom line, take ownership of this. This is one of the most critical aspects of your life. Not only is it your career, but it is who you are becoming in the process. That is most critical. Be all that you can be.
- Experience: Have you put in your 10,000 hours, or is there at least proof in a court of law that you’re halfway there?
- Ability: Do you go above and beyond? Do you truly WOW those who you expect to pay you?
- Knowledge: Can you come up with the solutions people are looking for?
When you can consistently answer, “Yes,” to those questions, your first raise will be right around the corner.
I have two questions, and I want you to answer the one that applies in the comments section:
- What steps will you take to move up from Minimum Wage?
- If you’ve already started earning more than Minimum Wage, what steps did you take to get where you are now?