An Illustration of the Poverty Mindset

A few weeks ago, I was discussing employment opportunities with a millennial that recently graduated with an MBA. He explained that he is making about $30,000 a year in his current job. He mentioned that he would really like to be an executive with a big box store, but figured it would be next to impossible for him to obtain that job at this point in his career. He stated that a friend of his was making approximately $200,000 as the manager of a Wal-Mart and that he might have an opportunity in that organization. However, he couldn’t see himself taking a position with that organization out of concern that it would be rather embarrassing to tell friends that he worked for the world’s largest discount retailer.

Apparently, it is less embarrassing to turn down $170,000 per year than it is to say, “I work at Wal-Mart.”

I encourage you to not waste an opportunity based on what others “might” think. I can assure you, it’s not worth it. My guess is they probably haven’t thought about your job because they are busy doing theirs.


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