I often get the question Felix, ‘how should I ask my boss for a pay rise?’ I always respond with ‘increase your worth’. In order to negotiate a good salary you must know what a good deal looks like. Employers will only pay more for an employee they believe has greater worth than the current going rate. The same is true in life and not just with our salaries; life will only respond to the demands we place on it, if our worth is proportional to the demand. So here are a few tips to help you increase your worth.
- Are you willing to pay the price?
Knowing the cost is not enough, it is only those that pay the price that acquire the goods. I'm not saying it will be easy but if you don’t pay the price, you can’t get the desired result – NO PAIN, NO GAIN. The difference between the successful and average Joe or average Josephine as the case may be, is that one is willing to pay the price to increase their worth but the other isn't.
- Are you consistent?
Are you weary of doing the right thing? Are you quickly tired of doing what it takes to have success? Consistency pays off as it combines process and time to produce results. Anything that is not consistent cannot yield results because it will not build the necessary muscles or depth needed to help withstand the weight of increased success. Imagine planting a field of roses today, then tomorrow uproot it, then the day after plant it again – will it germinate? No, because there is no consistency. Any increase that is not measurable by its roots cannot last, because it would have gone through the process of time.
- Are you using what you have?
Many people are waiting to increase before they start something. The truth is you have already what you need to start. Not everything requires money or capital immediately. Every enterprise starts with an idea. There are many things you can do before you have the capital or funding available. Never say you don’t have what it takes to start. I have realised that if you have a fantastic idea, other people, banks and investors will pay to have your idea become reality. Start with your mind: start with what you have, to get what you want and increase your worth now.