Good morning world! Serious question to get your week started, would you rather be underpaid or overrated? Even better question, would you rather do whatever it is you are doing now, or receive the multimillion-dollar check the Kardashian clan receives, when many people label them overrated?
I’m sure I’ll have some of my readers rationalize the money away, but truth be told with the type of money Kim K makes everyone could still live out their moral dream with a bank account to fund it, so let’s not make excuses as to why we wouldn’t want the money the overrated are able to secure.
This places the majority of the professional population into two categories, and if you want to get ahead you need to know which one you’re in and why. When looking at the numbers from a capitalistic point of view, the middle class, where people are receiving fair pay and value for their services, is diminished because there is no longer a need for it. There’s no need for it because countless people are happy to be considered underpaid, so why would any CEO do more.
If you are getting more hours, more work, and more responsibility in the office without the compensation or a plan to receive the appropriate compensation to match it, you are underpaid and contrary to popular belief also undervalued. Of course like most things there are exceptions, one being public service careers, but the overwhelming majority aren’t the outlier.
The underpaid fall into two groups. The first being those who feel they aren’t getting paid enough to make professional maneuvers to ascend and the second are those who are making enough to be too comfortable and not want to rock the boat.
The overrated refers to the risk takers, those who could care less about what you think as long as the check clears. These are the people, deservingly or not, who want things their way and won’t just step outside the box for that to happen, they will eliminate it altogether. Humility might not always seem like their strong suit, but it doesn’t matter when that attribute comes second to their success professionally and oftentimes financially.
“I’ll tell you what, I’ve never seen someone overrated and broke at the same time.”
To each his own, but it’s like voting, you can’t be mad at the outcome if you didn’t do it. I’ll always choose to be overrated, without hesitation. Overrated, whether you actually are or not, is a better choice because at least you are being noticed. Being overrated means you will be given the opportunities for the epic win or epic failure simply because there is nothing people like to see more in others besides a big win or a big loss. Talk about creating luck.
Being underpaid sucks. No one sees you as leader or trusts you in your ability to excel. Why should they? You are allowing yourself to receive the minimum and you are allowing yourself to be glossed over.
If you are not sure what category you fall in just ask your professional superior(s) or peers for something more. Ask for more office space, additional paid time off, a raise, anything, just ask so you can gauge where you are in the office. If you’re told no (which you will be if you’re underpaid), politely ask why.
If you can’t figure out their metrics for success from their answer, ask them what professional milestones they value for your type of request to be seriously considered. And trust me, if you’re too scared to ask these types of questions or have this type of uncomfortable conversation, then maybe it is better you stayed in the underpaid category because the overrated crowd isn’t for the faint of heart.
To the insecure, I have been known to ask for some prima donna request in the office. The confident, competent, and capable individuals usually ask me what took me so long to say something. I do this in almost any professional or personal environment to set the tone early. I am here, and unless there is someone better than me here, I am taking the responsibility to lead the charge and I want the perks that come along with it. This person is in your office, they are in your boardroom, or worse—they are your competition. Why not make things easy on yourself and become this person.
Stride along boldly in everything you do professionally and don’t hesitate to make your expectations known. With this you will receive that extra attention into the limelight many people cannot seem to grasp, and with the light on you it’s up to you to show your worth.
Star of the show, kind of scary huh? It shouldn’t be because all you are doing is moving along at an exponentially faster pace professionally. Whereas you could’ve hid them before, now everyone will be able to see your flaws or what you are truly good at.
Have any mindset rather than the one who is underpaid. You can succeed and fail from either end of the spectrum, the only difference is that everyone sees one and no one sees the other. And if you do crash and burn in the office while being considered overrated, oh well, learn from it, come back the next day, and attempt an even greater feat. You can fail being underpaid too and even worse people will look at you no different because they expected it.
If you’re given a platform to make some noise, which most overrated people are, and you have predetermined goals to execute, being overrated is the option for you. Use this kind gesture to propel yourself to greatness. Have a plan, be bold and make some noise, execute said plan with complete confidence, and never question if you should be there.
Happy Monday folks, let’s get after it!
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