The problem with working for money is that so many of us equate our professional worth to how much an employer is willing to pay us. But pay isn’t created equal.
I once discovered I was earning £20,000 a year less than someone else at the same level on my team. It wasn’t nearly the biggest gap in our (very small) department, nor the result of any dramatic difference in ability. Instead, it came down to something very simple. They asked. I didn’t.
I’ve since come to believe that many of us romanticise professional inequality, with so many of my underpaid friends proclaiming, “I’m just not motivated by money.”
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