Working for pay?

Job satisfaction from money?

I often ask clients whether money, on its own, really brings job satisfaction.  They usually answer something along the lines of “Well, it would sure help!”  So I think of some work I know they would hate to do, and tell them “OK, here’s this horrible job – and I’ll pay you twice what you’re earning now to do it.  Will you take it?”  Depending on how far into my programme they are, a few say yes – but most turn it down flat.  So what’s going on there?

That reminds me of a story told by Dr Dain Heer, co-creator of Access Consciousness, where his friend Gary Douglas (founder) was telling him that it’s not about the money.  Dain wasn’t getting it, and eventually Gary said something like “OK, if it’s all about the money, then I have a deal for you.  I’ll give you a million dollars, but on one condition: you have to go back to where you were before you started Access!”  Now, you need to know that Dain was on the point of checking out when he came across Access, and then you’ll understand that was the point he realised it’s not money that we should be focused on.

It’s not true to say money has no effect on job satisfaction – nearly everyone I deal with would feel a bit more valued, a bit more respected, a bit more satisfied if they were getting paid more.  But it’s only one of the factors, and it’s far from the most important.  If you already have a reasonable level of job satisfaction, more money can enhance it – it just can’t outweigh the factors that make a job unfulfilling.

Money from job satisfaction!

My friend and mentor Nick Williams, founder of the Inspired Entrepreneurs community, makes a big distinction between working for pay, and getting paid to work.  Working for pay is doing stuff you don’t enjoy so that someone will give you money.  Getting paid to work is doing the work that you love, and you are brilliant at – your Joyful Genius – and allowing people to pay you for the value you deliver.  I explained in this post on the three keys to job satisfaction that you have to get paid for delivering your work, otherwise it’s just a hobby.

But in the West, we seem to think that getting paid only comes as a result of doing something we’d rather not do – in other words that we have to work to get paid.  That’s the wrong way round.  Because we make money the end goal, we end up in positions that carry no job satisfaction for us.  If we make the end goal doing our best work, delivering our best value to the world, putting our Joyful Genius to its full use, then our joy that comes from real job satisfaction will mean that we get paid handsomely to do our work.

About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of Joyful Genius Coaching, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The A to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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