I’ll never forget a conversation I once had with a former underearner. She told me that in every job she’d had, she found out she was underpaid and would always quit.
Finally, she was in a job she loved. Once again, she discovered she was making far less than a co-worker in the same position. But this time, she really didn’t want to leave.
Though terrified, she worked up the nerve and asked her boss for a raise.
“Sure” he said, without missing a beat.
At that moment, she had a stunning realization. I’ve come to call it the High Earners Epiphany.
“If I’d known earlier how much power I had,” she later told me, “I wonder how different my life could have been?”
Each and every one of us has so far more power than we realize. And you embrace that power every time…
- You leave the beaten path and aim for the exceptional
- You silence your fear and speak with your truth
- You stop playing small and start taking up space
- You do what you dread instead of staying where it’s safe
And when you muster up the courage to claim your power, your finances will change considerably.
Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what author Linda Babcock wrote in her excellent book, Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and Gender Divide:
“A woman who routinely negotiates her salary increases, will earn over $1 million dollars more by the time she retires than a woman who accepts what she’s offered every time without asking for more.”
Where in your life do you need to muster up the courage to ask for more? Leave me a comment below.