How to get a raise at work.

I made $24,500 at my first real job and felt like the richest person in the world.

I was absolutely thrilled to be making that kind of bank. I was like a short, skinny Rick Ross. Woke up in a new Bugatti!

Over the years, I received a few raises and started to notice an interesting pattern. The more skills I acquired the more money I’d received. Or to quote P-Diddy, “Mo’ Skills, Mo’ Money.”

The better I got at identifying, acquiring and utilizing new skills, the higher my salary climbed. The challenge is we have a hard time knowing what our skills really are. When you ask someone, “What are your skills?” They often say, “Nothing.” or “People. I’m good with people. And dogs.”

You’ll never get a raise that way. Perhaps even more critical, if you don’t learn new skills, you could lose your job. I remember two designers that showed me that. I met one in Dallas. He told me, “Jon, I remember when I realized that if I didn’t learn how to design for the Internet I was going to become a dinosaur and lose my job.” So he learned new skills, new software and new approaches to being a graphic designer.

The other person was an industrial designer. His company told him that they loved his work but they needed him to learn AutoCAD. He refused, promising that he designed better by hand. For a minute he could keep up, but eventually, you lose the race to a computer. He got stuck and lost his job.

That’s what’s so amazing about new skills. It’s impossible to get stuck somewhere old if you keep learning something new.

New skills make you stuck proof. The reason why 25% of my book “Do Over” is about skills is because they are critical. If you haven’t read it, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy. It’s only $11.

How do you start identifying your skills? Well, it’s pretty simple. You just have to ask 5 questions. I even made an infographic for you. Ask these and check out Do Over to really supercharge the skill part of your career. Remember, Mo’ Skills, Mo’ Money.

About Author

Jon Acuff
Jon Acuff

Leave a Reply


  1. Simple and secure way to get codes for playstation as without codes the PlayStation game is not so exiting as you keep on lacking many features which you require during gaming to make playing games more interesting and exciting. Visit the mentioned website to get free codes from playstation.

    • Caroline Webb Reply

      Such a useful post which are explaining 5 ways to figure out job skills. This ways have been very important for every employee focused on protection their job, start to think what’s accessible in the newly cheerful job market. I would like to share this beneficial ways with my students who are looking for Economics personal statement help – from me at Personal Statement Folks and also searching for new job. So I would be happy to suggest this article to them and hope it become helpful for them. Thanks.

  2. I delight to see your post, i really enjoy your writing. Thanks for share that.

  3. Chrisatorain Reply

    Continue posting the great work. Some are really helpful information in there. It is extremely decent to see your site. I get a kick out of the chance to share these sorts of articles to my friends who like to read the websites for increasing great contemplations and information. For more writing information you can refer this best essay from the online writing services.

  4. Ronald Le Reply

    I have an electrical engineer degree and functioned as a correspondences design for more than 20 years. I utilized the standard rendition of AutoCAD to make and alter a wide range of electrical and electronic schematic and frameworks drawings. AutoCAD is NOT only for structural designers. Now I am looking any Coursework Service by Coursework Writers anyone help me. There is an extraordinary rendition of AutoCAD called AutoCAD Electrical. And keeping in mind that it would permit you to work quicker making and altering drawings, proceeded with utilization of the standard adaptation of AutoCAD will in the long run permit you to draw similarly as quick.