This week I learned a valuable lesson. It is crucial to Know Your Worth. Whatever circumstances you may find yourself into, stand your ground. Easier said than done, right ? I must say, it is not something easy to do. It requires guts and much more, but when you do not stand your ground, you have much more to lose. This week I turned down a considerable business offer. I also closed a chapter in my journey in entrepreneurship, as I know for a fact that I will never work with that client again. I left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur because of my aspirations, principles and my thirst for more. This position gives me the freedom to make important decisions such as refusing terms of contracts that go against my work ethics, my value as a professional service provider and my philosophy of life. Know Your Worth. Stand your ground. There is a better business deal, a better client somewhere waiting for you.
I will spare you the details of my ordeal and just share what I learned from that experience. As an Entrepreneur or simply as an individual offering professional services, never agree to something that makes you feel down, diminished, small, insecure and unhappy. These are ingredients to self-destruction and unhappiness in a work environment. To me, everyone is entitled to a positive work environment.
I recently watched a video of Martin Luther King. It was so inspiring, motivating and on point, after what I went through. In his speech, he stated how each one of us should design our life’s blueprint. I specifically took note of the following 3 principles :
- Have a deep belief in your own dignity and worth, don’t allow anybody to pull you so low to cause you to lose your self-respect to the point that you do not struggle for justice
- Have a determination to achieve excellence in your life’s endeavors
- Have a commitment to the eternal principle of beauty, love and justice
If you can‘t fly then run, if you can‘t run then walk, if you can‘t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King.
Do you now see why, you have an obligation to yourself, to Know Your Worth ? Money is not everything, it sure is essential to our material needs but it is not an end in itself. When you know the real value of money, you understand how life works and will not be scared to turn down offers that are beneath you, work that alienates you and environments that destroy who you truly are deep down. It takes courage to fight for your principle, your worth and ultimately for justice but it is such a liberating process. When I decided not to accept the terms of the contract that was offered to me, stood my ground and left, I knew that I was in charge and that nothing…nobody could make me feel small, not worthy, unhappy, unless I ….gave them consent.
Guess what happened on the following day ? I received another offer, equivalent to the one I rejected and a few hours later, the client I turned down contacted me, all apologetic. He acknowledged his wrongs, was ready to give me what I had asked for and wanted me to resume activities as soon as possible. What do you think happened next? I said thank you but … not thank you… I accepted another business offer and was no longer available…This my friend, is a valuable lesson to learn as an entrepreneur, as an individual in a world where work ethics is becoming a commodity… Know Your Worth. Stand your ground and mostly believe that there is enough resources in this world. Get out of your comfort zone, be flexible, think out of the box and know that you have greatness within you. I hope this article will inspire to Know Your Worth and trust your instinct.
Eva Arissani, Published Author of New Moi New Life : Five Ways to Build a New You and Live an Extraordinary Life, Inspirational/ Motivational/Business Speaker, Blogger, Founder of http://www.newmoi.org runner up as best religious/spiritual blog in 2015, Translation Expert, French Voice over artist, Entrepreneur, Brand Ambassador to South Africa – Mireille Toulekima Global, Great 2020, Yes I Am Great