I don’t know where it came from, but lately I’ve been hearing everyone say the phrase, “that’s above my pay grade”. From friends, to family to coworkers, those words seem to be following me, lol. I’ve found myself even saying it now at times. But what happens when we take these words too literally? Should we really take them to heart beyond a casual joke? I believe it would be to our detriment to do so. You may be turning your nose up at the screen now and thinking, “He’s too stiff….what’s wrong with saying that?” Probably more than you’ll ever know.
There is a definite power in words. Often times, what we speak becomes reality even if it doesn’t immediately come into fruition. What we won’t do, someone else is more than ready, willing and able to do. I’ve heard people say, “That’s above my pay grade” in reference to something that goes above and beyond their job description. It’s quite comical to me how people can sometimes so blatantly dodge responsibility. But if we ask these same people where they want to be in life, they have the most grand dreams and only quick schemes of how to get there. Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?
Picture this. There are 2 people: one stellar performer that works only from by the book duties and one employee who is not as stellar of a performer, but is willing to grow and learn. At the end of the day, who do you think will end up getting the promotion they’ve longed for? More than likely, it will be the person that’s willing to stretch a little further. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time to let people know that we’re not a door mat. But there is also a time to step up, get dirty and show some initiative. Will it always be something we want to do? NO! Will it always give instant gratification or recognition? NO! But one thing it does for sure is put you in a better position to receive the success you deserve. Oh yeah….and then there’s that little thing we call karma. The people we dismiss today and give a piece of our mind, may later be the same ones that have a solution to our peace of mind. Is it really above your pay grade? Just maybe it’s not after all.