In a lifetime of work, some things go well and some things proceed not so well. But, if we are lucky and persevere, one can manage to pull together a bit of success. A few find themselves having built a most impressive operation – highly productive and well-regarded by all who bear witness. One might imagine that such a person would naturally expect to be granted suitable compensation for such success. But, all too often, it doesn’t work out that way. Income disparity and performance variability are the hobgoblin of our modern age. Shouldn’t the hardest working and most intellectually adroit merit the highest gratitude in our society?
If one is not properly appreciated (because of gender, address or otherwise), how can it not be appropriate to ask why? In these many years on the planet, most of us come to know that humans are self-interested. We tend to care more about our own position and take little, if any, note of the just deserts, or plight, of others. Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith wrote that most of us care more about the splinter in our finger than the death of a million in China.
We all have internal and external motivators. Certainly, there are times when the external motivators are weak (or even counterproductive). However, we have enormous sway over what and how motivation comes from inside. Taking measure of our own worth is incumbent only upon us – it is derived from within and unknown to others. Do blaming others for not seeing our worth fall to them? Or, does the responsibility to be noticed and treated fairly end with ourselves? Their perspective may make our challenge difficult, if not impossible. Yet, mustn’t we learn and value our own contributions because few others ever will? We must value them fairly. But, value them we must.