Sunday, May 4, 2014

Law of Compensation

     Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about the law of compensation over a hundred years ago.  Is it real?  Is it true?  Emerson says no effort goes unrewarded.  The corollary to that is there is no free lunch.

     If you work, reward will come to you.  Two men go to work at a company.  One guy always shows up early.  He always stays late.  He always gives more than he gets.  He always goes the extra mile. He always has a pleasant smile and a compliment for someone.

     The other guy is always asking what is in it for me.  He shows up on time.  He leaves at quitting time.  He does his job.  That is all he does.

     Which of these two guys will prosper?  The boss needs someone to fill in on Saturday.  The first guy says,"Sure Boss".  The second guy says,"I can't make it ."  When it is time for someone to get a promotion, who is the boss going to promote?  There is the guy that is doing his job and there is the guy that is doing more than his job. 

     The law of compensation says you can not do more than your job and NOT be rewarded.  Rewards come from all sorts of strange places.  Maybe his boss doesn't recognize and promote the worker that is going the extra mile.   Maybe a competitor hires him away from his current job with an increase in pay.  The law of compensation does not tell us from where the rewards will come.  It just tells that it will come. 

     This is not the suggestion of compensation.  It is the LAW of compensation.  This is like the law of gravity.  You don't have to believe in it for it to work.  It works whether you believe or not.  It helps if you understand. 

     When you understand, you know what you have to do.  You have to put out more effort than you are currently being paid for.  That effort will be rewarded.  If you understand the law of compensation, you know that you can not get what you want without an abundance of effort.  If what you are doing is not working as well as you wish it were, more effort is likely the answer.


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