To really get proper compensation that is worth it, you must make it worthwhile to the person you are rendering service to in every way possible and maybe a little better to deserve what you want and/or need. When I think of the word compensation, that is what I think of. I do not think of doing the bare minimum or “getting by” when I do something. I think of going all out. The best is the best and you cannot win over the best except to get imaginative and different, not so much better after the best has been done.
The most powerful compensation comes from “imaginative effort” in fact. That means finding new and better, more efficient ways of doing things, especially things you have a passion for. Combine that and doing something that needs to be done for pay, and you get genuinely and morally rich in so many ways.
When I think of compensation and doing the job right, I think of improving and bettering the way the job is done and not just doing it correctly. When you use your imagination to do a better job, you are not just selling widgets or working the shift anymore, you are a genuine professional making a job great. The weakest thing you can do, writing from experience, is to just do a job, then go home without making something better within the framework of the work in some way, or improving things. In fact, hating your job or just doing it for the money is the most horribly poor thing you can do. Boxer Ken Norton taught me that one involuntarily about three decades before this was written. Just getting by or making a living without emotion or imagination is the most horrible way to live anyway, and the most impoverished. In that way of life, a lot of reality and potential is being wasted up!
So, when I think of proper compensation, it is more than money. It is a genuine investment in every sense that counts, including emotionally and spiritually. Without that investment, it is just a job and you just get money or “enough to get by”, however.
With that warning, I end this article on this note: Reality, to genuinely be real to people must be worked with fully in the sense of a time, emotional and spiritual investment or it is nothing.
My name is Joshua Clayton, I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California. I also write under a few pen-names and aliases, but Joshua Clayton is my real name, and I write by that for the most part now. I am a philosophical writer and objective thinker and honest action taker. I also work at a senior center in Gardena, California as my day job, among other things, but primarily I am a writer.