“Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t.”
I recently looked over the latest Forbes “World’s Highest Paid Athletes List”. Check it out here: “The World’s Highest Paid Athletes”. If you are familiar with the wages that Athletes make, it will come as no surprise that they make a lot. And by a lot, I mean A LOT.
Christiano Ronaldo (88 Million), Lionel Messi (81 Million), Lebron James (77 Million), Roger Federer (68 Million), Kevin Durant (56 Million),
Those are not small numbers. That’s million with 6 Zeroes.
“The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away”
If the logic of the two quotes above is correct and just like the athletes you should be paid what you are worth, does that mean that throughout life you have been not capitalizing on your worth?
Isn’t it interesting that you will continually set the value on yourself low, yet when a friend asks you for advice, you will gladly give them advice that goes something like, “You can do anything you want” or “You need to find yourself a better ____________<———— insert noun here. I don’t aim to come across as rude, however, you need to understand that this is bullshit. You need to know your worth.
Money is scary, I understand. What we value ourselves at is scarier. How many times have you heard “charge low to build your clientele and raise your prices later”? How many times has this worked? It almost never happens because you have set a low standard for yourself/services and this is hard to overcome. Why? Your clientele has an expectation. Tragically, this method should tell you that you don’t know your worth.
If you would allow me to offer some advice, I would love the chance to give it to you.
Your Skill Is Your Skill
You may not think that what you have or what you can do is special, however, remember that it took you years of practice and work to get there. It is very likely that someone approaching you about your skill doesn’t have the talent that you do. Not only do they not have your talent, but I suspect that they wouldn’t enjoy it as much as you do. At the end of the day, you would do it whether you were being paid or not, so why not be paid?
There Is No Chance That You Would Pay For Your Skills
It is hard to place a value on your skills. I know this. I get this. Each time I sit down to draw, I know that others would pay for my art but I have a hard time justifying it. If your skill is something you view as a hobby, it becomes even more difficult to charge. Take it from Lebron James. He does what he enjoys AND makes a boatload of money.
You See The Flaws
Yes, you are your biggest critic, just like I am mine. As you continue to excel at whatever it is you are doing, you will undoubtedly recognize your weaknesses. This will lead you to either:
- Delay your work
- Develop a perfectionist disease
- Never finish anything
Nobody sees them but you. Well, maybe your spouse will, but they won’t say anything (although they should). There is a good chance that anybody viewing it will not be at your level of expertise. Besides, they won’t even notice it.
You’re Worried That Nobody Will Pay Your Price
They will. Would you rather have a group full of people demanding your work who don’t appreciate it or a single person willing to pay whatever you ask because they do appreciate it?
This coincides with the first point. Your skill took years to develop. Did you know that to become a master at a craft, it takes 10 years of work? If you want to be paid like you’ve spent 10 years at something, charge like you have.
You Don’t Know Your Worth
This is what it boils down to. If you don’t know what you are worth, how will the world?
Cheers to your success,