We talk a lot about money, about starting a career and negotiating your first salary. But it’s important to remember that your salary shouldn’t impact your self worth. Don’t let yourself think that your salary has an influence on your self worth. You aren’t what you earn. When you see others make more money than you do, you feel bad about yourself. You start questioning yourself. Why aren’t I worth that much? What am I doing wrong?  It may be tempting to try and upskill yourself to reach their level. They might have more computer training or have completed HR management courses. That doesn’t mean you need to do the same, unless it is something you are truly interested in doing to further your own career. On the other hand, when you see others make less money, you might feel superior. You might think you did something right, have more skills or are more talented. But none of that matters. There’s a well-known quotation of unknown origin which indicates just how little money is really worth. “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” Rather think about your self worth in other, more meaningful, ways. How you treat others The salary you receive each month doesn’t make you a good or bad person. It is how you to treat others that decides what kind of person you are. Remember the inspiring words of author Maya Angelou: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” How much you achieve Imagine a world where we measured our success at the end of each week, month or year by how much work we did rather than the money we earned. It’s the completing of those goals which put you on the path to success. The amount of money you earn has little meaning if it doesn't help you live the life you want. This certainly doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with earning a good salary or working toward financial independence. What It does mean is that who you are will always be more important than what you own. One thing you can, and should, do is improve your self worth to positively impact your career. You can only move forward when you believe that you can be successful. It’s time you start valuing yourself and your place in the working world – irrespective of what you’re earning. Image: Pexels