Never Let Anybody Tell You What You Are Worth
That was the thought that came to mind recently when I felt the need to justify my fees after submitting a proposal.
There I was after decades in my industry, multiple degrees and certifications, numerous honors and awards, and years of experience explaining my rates.
Then I realized I was doing myself a major disservice. Why did I feel the need to justify what I have rightfully earned?
HAVE YOU EVER FELT THE NEED TO JUSTIFY HOW MUCH YOU ARE WORTH?
The fact of the matter is that every class that you ever attended, every book that you ever read, every test that you ever took, every certification or degree that you earned, every night you stayed up late or woke up early, every day you worked or provided a service cost something.
And depending on your life circumstances, the total cost might be immeasurable.
I realize that it is easy to allow people to put you into broad categories and minimize your uniqueness; to discount your years of experience diminishing the value of your cumulative blood, sweat and tears, or to simply SUM YOU UP after a one-time interaction. But you can’t allow people to do that.
YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR WORTH AND VALUE IT MORE THAN ANYONE; THEN PRESENT IT BOLDLY, AND THOSE THAT UNDERSTAND IT, RESPECT IT AND VALUE IT, WILL SEEK IT OUT!