With more money comes more responsibilities

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Once at an interview, after I stated some of the challenges at my role at the time, one of the interviewers said to me, ‘I hope you know that this job won’t be any less challenging than what you are currently doing’. My answer was emphatic – ‘I don’t expect any less’.

At the beginning of my career, I did a lot less than what I am doing currently and earned a decent amount of salary for it. However, my humble salary didn’t mean that I didn’t accumulate sufficient wealth of experience for my next job which added even more to the responsibilities and a little extra to the pay. Of course, we all think our jobs are not commensurate to what we do. And so was the next job and its pay and so on. So when the interviewer said, ‘I hope you know that this job won’t be any less challenging that what you are currently doing’, it was only an affirmation to my experience over the years.

Someone whose favorite prayer me is ‘sowing little and reaping bountifully’. I used to say that prayer for myself because I wanted to believe that I didn’t have to put in so much before I break through. Ehn! Wrong perception. Formally stated, Newton’s third law formally states that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. Psalms 126:5 states “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy”. I never saw people sowing in tears exactly, but have often known them to do it in fear and distress sufficient to draw them from any eye. This promise is conveyed under images borrowed from the instructive scenes of agriculture.

Except you’re plotting on engaging in illegal transactions, the law is crystal clear on acquiring that much wealth as your mind’s eye can conceive. The answer, an emphatic hard work.

Of course, there are many other ways to get money but that’s just want it is – money. It’s not a growth of wealth from sweat and hard work neither does it give the liberty of intellectual spending leading to wealth multiplication. So when next you think you deserve more money, ask yourself this – are you really ready to take on more responsibilities?

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