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All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
-- Scott Alexander


Tuesday, January 23, 1996

You’re worth whatever you think you’re worth

It has been shown in studies that it’s almost impossible for people to earn 5% more than what they think they’re worth. And by the same token, it is almost impossible for people to earn 5% less than what they think they’re worth. Apart from qualifications, experience and market conditions, someone who earns $20,000 a year will usually find another job earning about $20,000 a year. And someone who earns $250,000 a year will usually be able to find another job earning $250,000 a year.

The only way this changes is when you change your expectations of yourself, and the value you place on yourself. If you see yourself earning minimum wage, then you’ll earn minimum wage. If you see yourself earning $100,000 a year, that’s what you’ll earn.

No matter what kind of great opportunities are presented to you, if you see yourself as an hourly worker, if don’t believe that you deserve success, then something will kick in that will deny success to you.

How do you change your self image, so that you can truly see yourself as successful and prosperous? First, you need to be clearly focused on where you are going, on what you want to accomplish. Determine not only what you want to accomplish, but also why. When you understand why you want success, you’ll find a way to get it. You’ll do whatever it takes. The why is critical.

Actions are vital, as well. It’s not enough to be positive and to be focused. These are important, but it is action that gets you where you want to go. In fact, it is action with which you convince yourself of your sincerety and desire. In the end, only you really know if you’re sincerely working in the direction of your goals. Only you know if you’re doing your best. Your focus, your desire, and your sense of self worth are powerful tools. And they are fueled by actions. If you want to improve your self worth, then do something worthwhile. Over and over again. Get in the habit of providing value to others, and you’ll convince yourself of your own value.

Whatever you want to accomplish, whatever you want to be, must first exist in your mind. You must see yourself as a success in order to become a success. You must value yourself enough that you spend your time doing valuable and worthwhile things. You must value yourself enough to take action, again and again.

— Ralph Marston

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