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Ever Wonder If you’re Underearning?

By Carol Lopes

Definition of an Underearner—someone who makes less than she or he needs or desires despite efforts to do otherwise. Underearners share one common trait: A high tolerance for low pay.

By New Debtors/Underearners Anonymous
Fridays, 1–2pm
Serenity House

Veinte de Enero 30, Colonia San Antonio.

Everyone welcome

English spoken.

Donation only

“Low pay” is a relative term. You can make six figures and still be an underearner. Conversely, you can earn far less and not be. Underearning is not the same as voluntary simplicity, which is a conscious choice to live on less in order to create a simpler, saner life. Underearning is never a conscious choice. It never leads to a saner, more satisfying life. It is always a condition of deprivation, not just of money, but of time, joy, freedom, choices and self-esteem.

Here are seven traits that most underearners share:

1. Financial chaos—UEs tend to go from one financial crisis to another, struggling to make ends meet, often drowning in debt.

2. Vagueness about money and time—UEs usually have no idea how much money they have, earn, or need, operating on wishful thinking instead of strategizing and negotiating. They fritter time and money away.

3. Underestimates worth—UEs devalue themselves, giving away their time, knowledge, skills, while healthy earners expect a good wage because they know they are worth it.

4. Anti-money attitude—UEs are ambivalent or downright negative about money and/or people who have it. The “Noble Poor” dislike the wealthy, take pride in living on a shoestring; believe there is virtue in being poor.

5. Self saboteurs—Bright women and men remain UEs primarily by job hopping, procrastinating, taking on too much, being scattered and unfocused.

6. Co-dependent—UEs put everyone else’s needs first. This may seem noble but leads to anger, resentment, pain and non-productivity.

7. Craves comfort—UEs are unwilling to be uncomfortable. Healthy earners understand that risk is never comfortable.

If you’re in debt, and/or identify with at least five of these traits, join us for a new meeting called Debtor/Underearners Anonymous. We use a workbook to inventory our self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors and have tools to change it, as well as strategies for dealing with debt and creditors.

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