The High Earner’s Epiphany

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.

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  • Deidre Hopkins

    My Response to “The High Earner’s Epiphany” article

    Greetings Barbara,

    I wanted to share that I’ve been reminded through my devotional time today that according to God’s Word that I must have courage to think and then speak what I need because God gave me a promise that:

    Deuteronomy 30:14-20

    14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. 15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death, and destruction. … 19 … Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    Because of this promise and the fact that God created me in His image, the words that I speak have His power. When you choose to speak “life” which is aligned with His Word, then God’s power manifests that truth into being.

    Barbara, when the former underearner chose to speak, God gave her favor with her boss.

    Praise be to God.

    For His Kingdom,

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When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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