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25 May 2009 @ 05:09 pm
Just because you get paid for something doesn't mean you're good at it. Just because you don't get paid for something doesn't mean that it's not worth spending your time on it and can't take pride in doing it. Money is not the most important thing!

Binkbinkbink on May 26th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed. In fact, my experience has been that one is more likely to get a bad job from a paid pro than from a loving amateur.
The fixed price pro just wants to get it done quickly to get paid and move on, else the hourly pro wants to mess it up enough to collect more hours without doing anything better, but someone who volunteers, who cares enough to learn and then is willing to put in enough time to do an excellent job will not let those pressures interfere with quality.

Being paid seems to vary inversely with the value of the work. Farmers are poor, fast talkers who destroy companies with their bad management make outrageous fortunes.
Some people who make noise (musicians, actors, politicians) or who compete in contests that make no real difference (sports) are paid huge sums, while others who are more talented still need a day job to survive.

In some countries the people who are well off (farmers who have land and food) don't actually make much money. I wonder if it has less influence there.

In the U.S., folks are ashamed of being poor even if it is through no fault of their own, and take pride in being wealthy even if they didn't deserve it. And this is the only country I know of where talking about how much you have or make or asking another about it is considered rude, and at some companies is against the rules.

Too bad we buy into it even if we see how illogical it is. Perhaps the pressure of the environment is so high it osmotes right through our skin.