You've heard the words "your worth" in the context of income, and if you're anything like me, it makes you cringe. It implies there's a price on your value as a person, but the phrase refers to the work you do, not who you are. Writer Libby Kane points out that this is an important distinction when it comes to negotiating.
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Citing a CEO on Quora, Kane points out that your income potential is less about your needs or your employer's budget, it's just about the work you deliver. Also, salary doesn't measure your value as a human being (that's immeasurable) — again, it's only a measure of the work you do. Kane explains what this means for your earnings:
...next time you sit down in a job interview or a salary negotiation, come armed with evidence of your exemplary work, not your exemplary self. Although you're probably delightful, your employer or potential employer doesn't pay you for smiles — they pay for results.
It's a useful perspective if you're intimidated by negotiation, too. Negotiation isn't personal, it's just about adjusting the price tag on your work. As your work becomes more valuable, it should ideally increase in price. For more detail, head to the full post at the link below.