Why Making More Money Won’t Give You What You Expect
Bold headline . . . I know.
Makes you want to click away from this article and not even read it, right? It would’ve had the same effect on me a few years ago. But let me tell you why you need to not only ingrain that headline in your mind, but also read the rest of this article.
You need to read this entire article, paragraph by paragraph, word for word, because once you get it . . . I mean really “get it”, your life will change for the better in so many ways and you will begin to see some good things drop in to your lap effortlessly.
So let’s get started.
I worked in corporate America for many years before becoming an entrepreneur. And before corporate America I was a public servant working in not-for-profits and a community college. All of these positions taught me well.
As I quickly climbed the ranks in corporate America, I began to supervise large staffs of people. Sometimes I would have up to 150 people reporting to me.
Managing others was always a challenge as I personally hated being micro-managed so I tried not to micro-manage others. However, I quickly learned that there were those among us who WANTED to be told what to do every step of the way . . . that was simply unimaginable to me.
When job openings within my department came up, I always searched within to see if there were any superstars before heading to the outside world to fill the position. And inevitably every single time, when someone didn’t get the job they had applied for they would come to me upset with the same question:
“I don’t understand why I was passed over for this position?”
And every single time, without fail, I would have to go through their work performance. And usually it went something like this as I explained:
“I’ve asked you to stay over on several occasions when we had a special event or a new project and you always said you couldn’t do that. I need persons in management positions who understand that sometimes tasks can’t get done in an 8 hour day.”
And interestingly enough, their answer was always the same:
“But I don’t make as much money as you. I can’t stay over. You don’t pay me enough.”
Aaah . . . now we’ve hit the nail on the head.
They believe that money will make them work harder, will somehow, almost magically change their work ethic.
When I was making a salary of $35,000 a year, I worked the same long hours and strived just as hard to make my program shine as I did when I made $180,000 per year.
You see, it wasn’t the money (not that I don’t like money . . . trust me, I do).
It was the pride in what I was doing . . . the desire to see my project break records . . . the desire to offer my guests exceptional service . . . the need to know I had given my employer more than they had given me.
I know that last statement about my employer got you, didn’t it? It always does that to many people.
It’s unfathomable to most people in today’s world to believe that anyone would want to give their employer more than they gave them.
Try it sometime.
You might be absolutely astounded at the results it will deliver.
And let me throw in another humdinger for you . . .
Now that I’m self-employed I don’t work those super long hours just for the money either.
I love making money and I love the lifestyle it provides me. But it’s more than money.
So much more.
I also work those long hours because of my desire to give my students and my clients more value than they give me money.
My average stick rate for a client is 23 months. And these aren’t low paying clients either. I’ve had one client alone pay me over $160,000.
So if you’re sitting out there in internet land wondering why things aren’t working out for you — why you’re not making enough money to survive, why you’re working so hard but making no money, why you can’t get your business off the ground, ruminate on this for a minute.
You may be burning the midnight oil 7 days per week, but you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.
You’re doing it strictly for the money.
I know it’s easy to say “Don’t be focused on the money” when you’re making money. It’s not so easy when you’re wondering how you’re going to pay the light bill.
I get it. I really do.
I’ve been there.
More than once.
But you’re mindset makes a difference.
Do what you do because you love the project you’re about to launch to the world and because you love what it will do for others.
Start thinking about your business in a totally different way.
Stop thinking about the money and think about the impact it will have on others.
Stop imagining what it will feel like to make $20,000 per month and instead Imagine what it will feel like to have raving fans who tell you how your program changed their lives.
I’m no psychologist and I don’t have any degrees or background in human behavior. What I do know though is there’s only one thing in this world that truly makes us happy.
Giving to others.
It’s really sad that we’ve begun to think that “getting” is the answer when in reality it’s giving.
So today, instead of figuring out what you can get, go out there and see what you can give.
I’ll be sitting right here smiling when you come back and tell me what you received in return . . .