How do you get paid? Is your pay the money you receive from your work, or are you getting paid in a different manner?
I have a friend who works for a large corporation. He makes a salary but that is not how he gets paid. I think a lot of people are the same way. Running spreadsheets all day long, or mollifying angry customers is not anyone’s true purpose. But we do what we have to do.
My friend is a volunteer cross country coach. That is his pay. No, he doesn’t receive any money. He receives the satisfaction of seeing those middle school kids grow and become better.
He has one young man on the team this year who is overweight and not as fast as the other runners. On the first day, the kid walked more than ran around the course.
My friend talked with the young man about his goal. “I just don’t want to be last, Coach,” he said. The team trained hard and everyone improved. On the day of the first race, the young man ran more than he walked and finished ahead of several other kids. Payday!
The next race, the young man did finish last but he had cut two minutes off his best time. That’s a win and my friend made sure the young man knew the nature of that win. He told him he should be proud of this huge improvement. There is some more pay.
My friend is a good influence on those kids. He tells them that he doesn’t expect them to win every race, but he does expect them to do their best every time. I’ve seen the team run, and they give it their best shot. There’s your pay.
How do I get paid? I just wrote my new book, Get Glad: Your Practical Guide To A Happier Life. I’d love for it to become a best-seller, but it’s a long way from that right now. I wrote the book because I had something to say, some good advice to give on how to be happier. Everyone deserves a measure of happiness in their lives.
I’ve been paid. Let me preach on it.
One of my beta readers sent me a note after she had finished reading the book. She told me she is putting the principles into place and they are working. There’s my payday.