What we’re worth
We all hope that someday we’ll be paid what (we think) we’re worth. And in most cases, rightfully or wrongfully, (we feel) we haven’t gotten there yet. We often complain about it, too. Some of the younger generation, it seems, want out of school, and to immediately skyrocket to the top – bring home a large chunk of cash and spend it at will. What ever happened to that drive to work our way up in the world? Take the ‘Occupy’ movement, for example. Without agreeing or disagreeing with the movement, is it even right to complain about what somebody else might have accomplished in the workplace? What they take home in their bank accounts? And how that compares to the ‘average Joe’?
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a report on Jan. 2 that looked at Canada’s top CEO’S and their compensation. The report showed in 2010, the country’s elite CEO’S “had pocketed an average $8.38 million ... a 27 per cent increase over the average $6.6 million they pocketed in 2009.”
That’s 189 times the average Canadian, whom the Centre said takes home (a whopping) $44,366. And let’s face it – times are tough. The total on the grocery bill increases almost weekly, especially here in this province, where our food travels for days, or weeks, just to get here. And gasoline, well, we don’t need to re-hash the story at the pumps. It makes it darn easy to complain when we pay the bills and are left with mere pennies to survive until the next (average) paycheck.
But can we really complain about what others make as compared to one’s self?
What about the CEO that was raised in a poor family with little food on the table – a humble beginning that gave them the drive to strive for better for themselves and their families?
And when you put it that way, how can you complain that they accomplished this for themselves?
Many of us nowadays don’t just focus on the necessities. We focus on the ‘wants’ of daily life – lunch out, the newest electronics, the latest in fashion and the largest of homes. Perhaps many of us are spending far more than that $44,366 that we take home.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be complaining at all, but rather looking at what we have and living within those means.
There is a popular quote circulating online that reads: “If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 per cent of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are among the top eight per cent of the world’s wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are luckier than 500-million people alive and suffering.”
The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer, and yes, we all have a role to play in each other’s wellbeing, but there comes a time when we have to stop complaining, bite the bullet and look for our own ways to surge to the top – if that’s where we want to be.
After all, there has to be a good reason why someone could be worth millions of dollars annually – and in their eyes, like the majority of us – they mightn’t be getting paid what (they think) they’re worth.
Renell Legrow, Editor Grand Falls-windsor Advertiser