By the age of 33, I was making a ridiculous amount of money as the General Manager of a Global Support Center for NCR Corporation. Just a couple of years later, I took a sizable pay cut when I moved into vocational ministry with my local church. At either extreme, I discovered that:
- My income had nothing to do with my personal contentment. I could chose to be satisfied (or dissatisfied) in either situation.
- No matter how much income I generate, I am tempted to spend more than I make. It still surprises me how much more I used to spend when I had a higher income.
- Regardless of the difference of earning potential (between ministry and marketplace) there are similar principles in play that determine who moves to the top of the salary range.
It might surprise you to discover that – almost without exception – employers are constantly looking for someone to promote and give more responsibility and income. Employers aren’t trying to under-pay their staff…they actually desire to reward their staff with higher incomes. However, they are limited by the same principles as the rest of the marketplace.
I am going to talk about those principles in the next few posts. Thanks for listening!