Value Yourself, Value Your Work

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Before taking the next big step in your professional career, focus on valuing yourself and the quality of your work. If you don't, nobody else will.
Before taking the next big step in your professional career, focus on valuing yourself and the quality of your work. If you don’t, nobody else will. Image credit: Flickr

I aimlessly channel surf. Recently I stopped on an interview between a man and woman. The woman told about a job interview she recently attended.

She was eloquent, poised and confident.

I’m not sure what position she was applying for, but her presence alone was enough for me to want to listen longer and get to know her. She’d be an asset to any company.

She told the host she turned down the job offer.

Why?

They didn’t value her.

Just because you have an opportunity to work at your dream job, it doesn’t mean you should take it. She explained that although she thought she wanted to be part of that company, she knew it just wasn’t in her best interest after participating in the interview.

In addition to the substandard way she was treated, they offered a paltry salary and a position below her abilities.

I don’t remember her full statement, but the highlight of it was, value yourself, value your work.

This is a great reminder for entrepreneurs trying to grow a business, or professionals hoping to get that corner office some day.

Your talent and time are more valuable than you realize.

So, before you take on that new project, sign a writing contract or take on a side job, ask yourself if you’re being compensated fairly both financially and in recognition of your skills.

Will saying “Yes” truly make you happy? Because at the end of the day, if you hate what you’re doing for 8, 9, 10 hours a day, you won’t stick with it in the long term anyway.

Before taking the next big step in your professional career, focus on valuing yourself and the quality of your work. If you don’t, nobody else will.

 

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