Taking the BizQuiz? This is the answer to question 7 from "Are you an underearner?"
7) B—Moderate underearner.
Underearners are sometimes reverse money snobs, believing that successful veterinarians are either cutting corners or employing some magic spell to boost their profits. Neither is true. It’s time again to examine the role money played when you were growing up.
Did your family resent rich people? Is there someone in your life who has always played the victim in every job they’ve held? Was there a lot of comparing of lifestyles? Is it a source of pride for you to provide care for free or to discount frequently because “someone has to”? If you’re truly earning what you need to support yourself today and provide for a secure future, that’s perfect. If you’re not, consider what issues from your past influence your behaviors today. If some are holding you back, work at letting them go. Ask for help if you need to.
If you’re an underearner, the situation isn’t hopeless. Reversing the pattern is possible, but it takes introspection to understand feelings and thoughts influencing your behaviors. Remember, it’s not about money; it’s about self-worth. Your team, clients, and patients value you. It’s time for you to start, too.