I sit here on a Monday morning spending time reading about Tim Ferris’s 4-hour workweek and various ways to maximize productivity. While these suggested business strategies can and often are implemented with success, it seems they often attract a lazy employee. Sometimes we fall into the habit of thinking that we “deserve” to be paid more before we work harder. We try to “hack” every aspect of our lives to work as little as possible. We think that every moment of our time should be paid, and that any growth we bring to our company should immediately be fiscally rewarded. There is a level of entitlement present with that belief; the belief that we are so valuable that the only times we can be advancing ourselves are when we are on the clock, punched in, and taking somebody else’s money for doing so. How did we end up here?
Why would we not work our very hardest to become the type of employee worthy of a raise, instead of asking for more money before evolving as a person, coworker, and entrepreneur? At the end of the day, we are all investments made by somebody higher-up than ourselves. We have the choice to choose how we show up for our team and how much of ourselves we are willing to give to become better versions of who we are now.
Why are we resistant to working hard? Our culture of instant-gratification has lost the concept of the benefits of hard and consistent work. Long-term goals are only that much more rewarding because we’ve worked at them. We’ve worked long and hard and only after we push ourselves out of our comfort zones do we achieve our goals. Only then should a raise come, because you have actually earned it.
Person A works diligently and becomes worthy of a raise. Person B complains that he does not earn enough money, and because of this reason, he refuses to work harder until he is paid more. Who would you rather be? The choice is yours.
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