Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear someone complain about their salary.
It’s a big mistake. Don’t complain about your salary. Certainly not in public.
Not to your boss either . There’s a difference between asking for a raise and complaining.
So when I hear people complain about money, I understand they feel underpaid and want more money but I want to tell them stop their complaining. Here’s why.
First, they’re talking to the wrong person. I’m not their boss and I can’t do anything about their pay. Neither can any of the other people, whether they be a partner, friends hanging out in a bar or colleagues.
Second, the person you are complaining to may some day be in a position to hire or recommend you and they will remember what amount you worked for. They’ll think “Joe worked for 50K, we won’t have to pay him much more. That’s what happened to my friend Jesse when he was looking for freelance work. Instead of getting top dollar, he took the same low rate he had been working for.
Third, recognize that you are demeaning and devaluing yourself. And that’s one thing you don’t want to do when it comes to money.
It’s you who are working for that amount and you made a decision to accept that salary. Otherwise you would have left or negotiated for more. Others will think, “if he is not happy with that salary, why doesn’t he do something about it”? They won’t think your company is dumb for undervaluing you.
If you’re not happy with your salary, figure out what you have to do to make more money at your organization or another. But stop hurting your chances of making more.