There is an article over at the American Thinker this morning that comments on the current US unemployment numbers. While the official unemployment numbers went down thanks to the US Census project, the overall “under-employment” numbers went up.

“Gallup Daily tracking … found that 20.3% of the U.S. workforce was underemployed in March, up from 19.6% in December and higher than the previous month.”

Here is the deal, as harsh as it sounds: unemployed people are not following the biblical principle that we talked about before about solving problems for others.

True problem solvers, are never without a job.

Think about it. If you owned a company that employed people, would you lay off the good people in your organization that are solving problems? Heck no. This recession has been a boon to smart businesses, because they can finally get rid of their dead wood. It is called pruning the tree of the branches that don’t produce.

I hate to say this, but I have a feeling that a majority of people that are in that 20.3% underemployed category are mostly the dead wood. That sounds totally inconsiderate, doesn’t it, especially if you may be in that situation. I say that, because even in a recession there is one industry where there are abundant jobs that those people can go do. There is virtually an unlimited amount of work out there for people willing to solve problems. The industry is called “selling.”

Right now, I’d love to hire a fleet of independent contractors that are commissioned sales people. But I would hazard to guess that nearly 100% of the people that are underemployed would not even consider taking a sales job where there was no guarantee of a pay check.

Because that’s what they want: a pay check. Their attitude is “just pay me the money. Who cares if I actually am worth the money you pay me; I deserve it. And besides, I can’t live on minimum wage.”

Minimum wage was a bad concept to implement, because it conditions people to believe that they should be paid a minimum amount, even if they haven’t earned it.

As a business owner myself, I wake up every day without any guarantee of any income, no matter how many hours I work. I have to prove to my customers that I am a value to them because of the problem that I solve for them. If I fail to prove that, then they will take their money to someone who can. It is really that simple.

Make Money Tip #3: It is YOU that has to identify the problem to solve for others. You are the only one that can do it.

If you are looking for someone else to identify the problem for you to solve, that is called “looking for a job.” When you are the one that actually does the work to identify the problem, it is called “starting a business.”

I can’t tell you what problem it is you were created to solve. But I can tell you that the MONEY won’t start flowing into your life in a dramatic way until you identify “the problem,” and then start solving it.

Keep your eyes moving around. Pay attention. Look for problems to solve. That is where the money will come from.

Question of the day: When was the turning point in your life when you came to the conclusion that nobody owed you a salary?

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18 Responses to “Pay ME The Money”

  1. Sonya Lenzo says:

    Probably about the same time that I realized that nobody was going to take care of me and that if I wanted something in life I had to go out and get it…including creating a job and/or the money to get it. I think I was 14 when I first got this idea. I wanted to go to a different school. Everything about the one I was going to sucked. My parents said they couldn’t afford to send me to a private school.
    So I got a job and I got a scholarship and I paid for it myself. I am really glad I did it. The school was an excellent experience but it also taught me that if I wanted something I could make it happen.
    Sonya Lenzo

  2. alam ghafoor says:

    At secondary school (uk) I was running a sweetshop from my backpack during break time and sometimes even during lessons at the time i was making the national average weekly wage….not bad for a 13 year old..and it was here that the seeds were planted as well as following my fathers example that by being my own boss …everything would be in my hands to take care of.

  3. Rob Northrup says:

    I think that minimum wage laws need to be abolished.

    Why should it be illegal for someone without skills worth more than minimum wage to get a job? How will they ever develop skills to allow them to earn higher wages if they aren’t able to enter the market?

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  4. Dale Bell says:

    I agree with Rob the minimum wage shoul be abolished. I have never hired a person asking for minimum wage because I do not want minimum producation. This is a great country and we all have the ability to make money. Sometimes we have to do things we dont like oh well get over it. The money and work is there go make it happen. Good post.

  5. What we need to get back to is a free market in labor and business. Minimum wage laws distort the labor market, causing underemployment as well as unemployment.

    As in all things it is best to get the government out of everyone’s lives and let people be responsible for their own livelihoods.

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  6. Mark says:

    I had two factor impact me regarding making money, one was growing up on a farm and watching my dad nearly die because a cow kicked him in the face as he walked by (he lost vision in one of his eyes… ended his farming career) and when I got my first sales position and realized I can control my income by my efforts… education takes on a different value then…

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  7. Interesting post and good question.

    However, your post builds perhaps on the premise that all business are upright and will not take advantage of the workers?

    Unfortunately, the human heart and those in businesses, too, have been known to underpay workers and employees so to have a better bottom line….

    There needs to be protection for both and a balance between: employers and employees.

    Living in a country whose infrastructure supports those getting a steady pay check and leaves independent small businesses and free lancers out to hang… I can see both sides of this situation….

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  8. This reminds me about a interview that I listened to with Jack Weltch, General Electric used to fire the lowest 10% of the workforce every year. Jack said people on the outside would get angry about his practice. His answer was that when you are in a rowboat going somewhere, everyone in that boat knows who is not working and its not fair to those who are not working out to keep them.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
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  9. Hi Tim,

    It’s not just deadwood, because God created them, so they have something to contribute. But rather than get paid to not work, better to mow a lawn, offer to run errands for others for tips, and do SOMETHING to experience EARNING money. We are responsible, we ourselves.

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  10. I liked your comment about minimum wage. I never thought about that before, but it is so true! It DOES condition people to think they should get a minimum amount of money whether they’ve earned it or not. I think it is important to teach children how to EARN money.

    Lisa McLellan
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  11. That is hard one. I have always felt I had to earn my pay, so maybe there was no turning point. Whether I am earning minimum wage at a job like waiting tables or a salary at a regular job, I try to give as much as I can – probably to my own detriment at times.

    I definitely frustrates me when people do not earn their keep, especially because that one piece of “deadwood” may be keeping you from hiring a better employee.


  12. (Speaking for the dead wood)

    I can remember how intimidating it was for me when I transitioned from the military to the civilian lifestyle. I never drew a day of unemployment, but as a serial procrastinator, I’ve found that the unknown and the uncomfortable potential of dipping my big toe into the unknown, can be paralyzing if I allow it to. I try and keep this in check by living as close to the edge in most of what I do. I’m certain there’s no shortage of people out there trying to get out of finding gainful employment. But, I’m also certain there’s a large number of people who have found themselves without a job and no idea what to do next. I think the best we can do is try and help out those who are willing to accept the help and try to support those who are incapable, (not unwilling), to help themselves.

  13. Pretty harsh on a lot of people. I am of the opinion that it is my duty to help the serve the people that cannot necessarily help themselves. The bible says to give not pull the rug out from under people.

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  14. I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years old & I really wanted a bicycle & of course my mother didnt have the money to buy me one. So, I asked her how I could get money. She told me I could go do things for people that they themselves didn’t want to take the time to do themselves.

    So, I mowed lawns, delivered newspapers, washed cars, delivered groceries, walked dogs, and raked leaves for anyone & everyone who would hire me within about a mile of our house until I earned enough money to buy myself a used bicycle.

    I remember the stunned look on my mom’s face when I came home with the bicycle. She didn’t know I had been doing all these odd jobs. She just knew I was taking off at 7am every Saturday morning & not coming home until dinner time (it was a different world back then).

    Thanks for asking the question.


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  17. Austin says:

    Thanks. There’s quite a different way of thinking compared to how I was going, posted in here.