Your self-worth determines your entire life experience. If you feel worthy of an easy, joyful, and abundant life, you will undoubtedly manifest it. Also, if your self-worth is low and you think you need to work hard, struggle, and sacrifice for your desires, rest assured, you will create it too. The level of self-worth that each of us has is especially evident at the workplace. Because the majority of people have a compromised sense of self-worth, as a result, they manifest a reality reflecting exactly how they feel about themselves: they are underpaid, they overwork and get burnouts, have obnoxious bosses, sacrifice hobbies for the jobs they hate, go through ups and downs, good and bad, and, collectively as a society, call it a normal life. People with low self-worth blindly accept life's misfortunes as an inevitable part of their existence without realizing they have the power to build the most beautiful life imaginable.
On the contrary, there are those who think highly of themselves and do not comply with societal standards. These individuals know that their paycheck is proportionate to their self-worth and are not afraid to leverage this knowledge. As a result, they rise through the professional ranks confidently and effortlessly. While we think they got lucky, have good connections, or are simply exceptions to the rule, the truth is, they simply have a high sense of self-worth.
So, how are these people different from the rest? Here are some signs to help you identify people with a high sense of self-worth among your colleagues (or maybe it's you?):
1) They know how much they are worth, and they add tax to it.
People with healthy self-worth are not afraid to price themselves high. Because others shy away from asking for a higher salary, worrying they might get rejected or even laughed at, they end up settling for a modest offer. However, people who know their worth will not rest until all their requirements are met.
These people are not ashamed or scared to ask for a raise or better benefits. People who value themselves highly also value their time and money. For example, they never use their money for the company's needs and neither they work unpaid overtime. Instead, they include everything on their expense report. They don't do it because they are greedy or struggle financially. They do it out of respect for themselves and the work they put into each dollar they make.
2) They see their worth on a bigger scale.
While most people think that their compensation should average what is generally offered for their skills on the job market, high self-worth people understand that their paycheck expands beyond the parameters of completing a task. They come to work not to merely fill in a spot and become another replaceable tool in the system, but to serve as a source of new ideas, inspiration, fresh perspective, bringing the team together, being solution-oriented, building the culture of winners and innovators, and contributing to the company momentum. They are not just an accountant, HR specialist, or business analyst. They are a part of organizational success. They know that they need to be compensated fairly for their drive, optimism, ability to think outside the box, commitment, and resourcefulness. These qualities are not listed on their resume or communicated verbally; they are expressed through their attitude and mindset.
3) They don't hate what they do.
People with a high sense of self-worth have great values and boundaries. With that, they will never allow themselves to do something they loathe, even if it pays well. It doesn't necessarily mean that they love their jobs, but they respect it enough for its opportunities (e.g., earning, learning, connections, contribution to the bigger purpose, benefits, etc.) to be good at it. They will never take a job that makes them feel unhappy, stressed, worthless, underpaid, or unethical.
4) They know that the energy they bring to the table matters (a lot).