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I'm Asking: Have You Paid Your Dues, or Are You Still Paying?

I'm Asking: Have You Paid Your Dues, or Are You Still Paying?

Most of us pay our dues in one way or another at the start of our careers. We intern, we get the boss coffee, we take on projects no one else wants, we perform above our pay grade to prove we deserve the next pay grade, title, or responsibility.

Ari Gold's assistant Lloyd has displayed serious professional confidence on the current season of Entourage. He demanded a promotion after yelling that he'd "paid his dues." At Ari's insistence Lloyd is currently on a "prove it!" mission (we're supposed to believe he's even blogging about the effort on HBO's website). The plot got me thinking about the gut-wrenching time in everyone's career where we must prove to our manager or employer that we are ready to rise above their expectations of us. It's a feeling that can last a few months, a few years, or even decades. Have you made it, or are you still paying with painful pennies?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm still the "newest" person at work, meaning there is no one there yet that doesn't know about some of the crappy jobs that no one wants to do that still have to get done. Most of the time, I end up having to do them because everyone else thinks I should take my turn as the "newbie". I've almost paid my dues though...pretty soon they'll stop thinking of me as "new" and I'll just join everyone else in the rotation.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Oh, I've paid my dues, and then some. I started working when I was 15 years old (with a minor's permit). Of course, this was on top of being a full-time student with excellent grades, and a good athlete on team sports (I was MVP for multiple years). All this lead to an equally busy (and prolific) lifestyle in my later years. Right now, I am exactly where I want to be. As far as my personalized goals, I have made it. I am very self-satisfied.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i feel like i'm kind of in limbo - i'm kind of still paying my dues since i'm not yet at a position that i can 'coast' and i'm making the big bucks - but i oversee a lot of folks - so that kind of means that they are now paying their dues :)
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
still working on it, everytime I try to rise up someone has to remind my boss "she's just the receptionist" arg!
pearsbeary pearsbeary 7 years
it's a combination...between you working hard AND having someone who PUBLICLY acknowledges it!
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