As if you needed another problem. Or diagnosis. But for every obscenely piggish ceo pay package, there’s legions of underearners crawling all over Corporate America.
Believe their jobs won’t give them more money.
Get praised for excellent work but rarely get the requisite monetary recogtion.
Have an unsteady work rhythm. They may work too hard and not take care of themselves, work in cycles of excess and collapse, or don’t want to work at all.
Frequently think there is spiritual or political virtue in not having money. They find virtue in struggle and are often proud of their ability to make do with little. They may believe that people only get wealthy by exploiting others or giving up on their own commitment to creativity and integrity.
Know that things must change, but feel personally powerless to create the change. Secretly feel that eventually something will happen to make things better (the sale of a house, winning a lawsuit, finding a benefactor, winning the lottery, etc.).
Tend to over-commit and fill free time with endless little tasks and chores as well as things they feel they should or must do for others.
Are usually terrified of financial risk such as investing, finding a better job, or spending money on their own financial intelligence. At the same time they react to built-up financial stress by taking poorly thought out financial risks (“get rich quick” schemes).
Believe more money would cure all of their problems. Believe if they just made more money they would be free to never think about money again.
Are uncomfortable asking for money. May find themselves asking for less than they know they deserve or feeling embarrassed when they must remind someone to pay them for work they have already done.
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