Work for Your Worth

I hear people tell me that they aren’t paid what they are worth. All too often, I think they are worried about getting paid to the level that they work, and not “I am working at the level that I expect to get paid.”

I remember a great leader that I once worked for at Lowe’s. Dale was the COO of the store where I worked in college, and he went on to have a hugely successful retail career. He recounted his quick rise through management to me one day. Dale was hired as “the lot guy.” He was at the bottom of the leadership hierarchy, but as he told the story:

In my mind I had a six figure job. I was the first and last impression that our customers had of the store. I took serious my job to make people thrilled to come or go from our store. Although I had a business degree, it was a great honor to keep the parking lot clean of trash and buggies, and when I pushed the carts back to the store, I did it with my head held high.

All too often, we are proverbially “the lot guy” and we have a bad attitude about not being used to our potential. So, the effort that we put into the job is what we are truly worth.

One of my greatest professional pet peeves is to hear someone complain that they are not paid what they’re worth. They don’t take on responsibility because they are not “paid” for it. Get over yourself. If you have the mind of a six-or-seven-figure CEO, then bring that mind to your five-figure daily grind. You will most definitely earn your worth before it is all said and done.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.

  • Lew

    I still believe that if a person enteres into their career with passion and take no thought of their paycheck that their work will be noticed while fulfiling the satisfaction of the employee. Worrying about how much money one makes can be a distraction to entheuastic workmanship. Work with passon and the money will come.