Essay: Valuing Yourself

How do you know you’re worth it?
Is that a tough question to answer? Then, let me ask this: how much do you value yourself? I’m not asking how much you like yourself but how much you think you’re worth.

Someone once told me, “Yeah, you don’t have the experience for 35,000”. That’s when I realised I was underemployed. I think for everything I put on the table, I’m worth at least that. They made the argument that my position doesn’t require a lot out of me so that’s why the pay is little. 

But I disagree. I worked with a small team where I sacrificed my own goals (and therefore payout) to support what the branch and the clients needed. I don’t blame the manager or any of my coworkers as it’s a staffing model issue. However, I know I’m worth at least 35,000. 

I’m too smart, too talented, and too ambitious to be paid any less. 

But even beyond my career: I always put everyone before me. Which a lot of people will view this as a good or kind thing to do. And I agree, it is. But it’s at the cost of my equality and me viewing myself as your equal. It makes more sense to do what’s best for the both of us, right? Conversely, I should never put myself ahead of someone else because that is the definition of selfish. If we are to cooperate, I need to consider everyone involved.