Working Like It’s “Me, Incorporated”


Thought for today:

Those of us who experience chronic underearning feel stuck in our jobs.  It seems like everyone knows how to get ahead in their jobs and get promotions but us, that we missed the one day in school when they told the class about the secret of fulfilling and rewarding employment.

Isolation also goes along with underearning.  Ashamed or depressed, underearners go through the motions of work each day without enjoying the process, and without daring to wish for something better.  We aren’t able to comprehend another way.

A member shares:

“In my early recovery I read all I could about how changing my attitude was the key to success. One of my favorite authors wrote that when you go to work, and want to progress in your career, you should think of yourself as ‘you incorporated’. I understood the message that I should market myself to my employer like a business markets itself to customers.

“It’s the little things I do today that show I care about my boss.  Before recovery from underearning, I prided myself on my ability to work independently, and not report to my boss for days or weeks on end. Now, I meet with my boss every other morning to lay out the strategy for the day. These meetings help me identify the shifting priorities of my boss and the company, in response to market forces.

“Meeting with my boss more often, and actively trying to make a good impression enabled me to spot opportunities and drop obsolete projects quickly.  My career is much better for it.”


“Do I show that I care to my employer, coworkers, and customers?”

Meditation for today:

My job is to communicate with my employer and my customers, to delegate work I should not be doing, and to automate my way out of my current job, into the next perfect job for me.

Affirmation for today:

My wealth grows as I share my experience, strength and hope with others. As I give in service to others, I am reminded that there is plenty of time, money and love for everyone!

Inspirational reading:

The Psychology of Winning, by Dennis Waitley, helped inspire in this post.  Based on interviews with winning professionals in sports and business, Dr. Waitley’s research is full of ways to improve our attitudes and win.

The Psychology of Winning in the 21st Century (audio book)

And finally, a work/life classic: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, by Spencer Johnson.

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

Helpful links on

See our Fourth Step Template which helps us to take a fearless moral inventory.

Some members, with the help of their Pressure Relief Group, take a moratorium from debt payments in order to get their spending under control.  See this Debt Moratorium sample letter to creditors for one example.

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