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Recently I read an article discussing the whole idea of comparing salaries.

Depending on your cultural background and beliefs, you may or may not compare your salaries with your family and friends openly. However, most of us here in Dominica are interested to know how much we earn relative to our peers.

Why is this so? The reason is simple – we are interested to know if we are valuable.

Before you start crying foul, hear me out. Obviously, you know that your self-worth is not dependent on your income. How much you earn has nothing to do with your value as a person.

But in reality, how often is this applied? I’m afraid it’s not very often. At least accordingly to my observations, it’s not so.

The fact that people compare their material assets is a good indication: the car that you drive, the brands that you wear and the kind of houses that you live in. All these material assets are proves of your earning capabilities. The more expensive these assets are, the better one feels about themselves. We have knowingly (or unknowingly) associated our self-worth with our income.
Whether you are employed or self-employed, no remuneration system is 100% fair. It can never be. It is a necessary evil that we need to live with for the world to function as we know it.

Learn how this imperfect system works; know that your income is not directly related to your self-worth as a person. There are many other considerations and forces involved. Don’t take it personal by comparing income – it probably has nothing to do with your true value.

At the same time, continuously increase the value of your work. Learn how to work the imperfect system in your favor and maximize your income, so that you don’t get exploited by ill-meaning employers. It’s a fine balance that each of us has to constantly work at it. It’s never easy, but it’s worth it to able to function in this world as we know it.

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