So shake things up. Go to HR and tell them you’ve heard about a lot of innovative companies that are disclosing the salaries of their employees and ask if the company will be publishing salaries. The fear here is retaliation. Employers want to retain their power and control and prevent employees from learning what those sitting right next to them are making—again, learning that lazy Ned makes more than you will undoubtedly inspire you to demand a raise or quit—so it’s in their best interest to shut you up and make you go away. However, it’s been unlawful since 1935 for private employers to prevent their employees from discussing their salaries. So you’ve broken no laws by merely asking HR about pay data, and actually, if your company then retaliates against you for doing so, you could potentially have a lawsuit against the employer.
[JARED DIAMOND:] In Guns, Germs, and Steel I asked why history has unfolded differently over the last 13,000 years in Eurasia, in the Americas, in sub-Saharan Africa, and in Aboriginal Australia, with the result that within the last 500 years Europeans were the ones who conquered Native Americans and Aboriginal Australians and sub-Saharan Africans, rather than vice versa.
Furthermore you could use a course platform to create and teach online courses on any topic you choose — this is becoming super popular and is something we ourselves do (we have an online course we teach on social media marketing). Either way — most people typically need a platform to accomplish either of these and a blog is typically the easiest way to accomplish that (although that in and of itself can take months to years to really gain traction). We have a blog setup tutorial if you’re interested (just let me know and I’ll get you some good resources).
To really achieve a high level at this game you will probably alienate many people in your life. Long hours at work tends to stress a marriage. Its tough to see the kids play soccer when you always arrive home long after darkness has arrived. You have to change the way you think, most people are uncomfortable being surrounded by people much smarter and more qualified than they are. But if you want to be rich, you have to hire great talent. Talent, that while very qualified has not overcome the fear associated with starting their own business. Which is great for us, because we can hire them.
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Break up with your credit card. Did you know that people who use credit cards for purchases end up spending more money than people who use cash? That's because parting with cash is painful. Using a credit card doesn't carry that much of a sting. If you can, divorce your credit card and see how it feels to pay with cash. You'll probably end up saving a boatload of money.
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