“Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.” — Oscar Wilde
“Fortunately psychoanalysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.” — Karen Horney
“A friend doesn’t go on a diet because you are fat.” — Erma Bombeck
“The reason art is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there was a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map.” — Seth Godin
“In the business world, everyone is always working at legitimate cross purposes, governed by self interest.” — Harold Geneen, Managing
“Before you build a better mousetrap, make sure you have some mice out there.” — Yogi Berra
“Diplomacy is the art of letting the other person have your way!” — Unknown
The other day, I saw this video show up in my Facebook feed:
I loved the animation. The ideas were not new to me and still watched it to the end.
Earlier in the day, I had spent some time working on increasing my revenues and I asked myself, what is motivating me to ask for more money. My answer: “I’m not paid enough for the work I do.”
Enjoying the company of my conversation partner, I kept it going: “Why is that important? Competition?”
“I am comparing myself to my peers, but I not trying to get more than them, so I don’t think it’s competition.”
I thought that this sounded like jealousy and ruled this out because it I was only using my peers’ earnings as benchmark. I am not trying to get as much as the highest earner, or the second highest. The emotion was simpler, I want to get paid as much as my peers.
I want to get paid fairly for my work and my definition of fairly is my perception of the average earnings of my peers. If I am not keeping up with the Joneses then you think less of me than you do the Joneses. I would feel dissed. I am presuming that because you use bonuses as a motivator, you use money as a yardstick. If you don’t pay me as much as my peers then you don’t respect me as much as you do them.
The conclusion from this little voyage of self-evaluation: Not only does money not work as a motivator, if you are using it as such, people will expect and claim their fair share of the pie.
“People who fight with fire usually end up with ashes.” — Abigail Van Buren
“Even a dog knows the difference between being stumbled over and being kicked.” — Unknown