Are you under earning to feel morally superior to those who have money?
Guilty as charged
We declare that money is not that important. There are more valuable things in life. That it’s noble to take a vow of poverty. That there’s pride in living on a shoestring. And that making a good living isn’t the sole arbiter of happiness and fulfillment.
But while those beliefs might be true, there’s a fine line between false modesty and financial irresponsibility.
A mentor of mine recently asked me if I was under earning to feel morally superior to those who have money. Guilty as charged. That described my behavior exactly. It was reverse snobbery at its finest. I was under earning to overcompensate for the fact that I came from a wealthy family. I was under charging because I didn’t want to relive the feelings of guilt and shame I felt as a child for being the kid who had money. And as a result of this unhealthy relationship with money, I was undervaluing my capabilities, sabotaging my earning potential, avoiding taking meaningful risks, failing to follow up on profitable opportunities, allowing myself to get flattered into free work, giving more than I asked for, putting other people’s needs ahead of mine and operating by wishful thinking instead of strategizing and negotiating.
A textbook under earner.
That’s why I’ve spend so much time recoding my brain’s financial wiring. Money matters. It’s fuel and lubrication for the engine of life. I deserve to earn a lot of it. Money is flowing into my life from all directions. I will always have plenty of money to do all the things I want to do. And my income will grow to the extent that I do.
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