posted on Sep, 2 2014 @ 04:07 PM
Intellect and skill only matter if you are actively using them to do the job at hand. You could be the second coming of Einstein and a rocket
scientist, but if you are flipping burgers, you are only going to be paid for flipping burgers. What you get paid for a job is dependent on what kind
of skills and intellect it takes to do that job, not what you actually have when you take the job and are doing it. And if you go to your boss and
demand to be paid like the rocket scientist you are even though you are only flipping burgers, he'll fire you and tell you as you walk out the door
that, "It ain't rocket science!" he's asking you to do.
What skills and intellect will do for you ideally is help open doors to bigger and better things. If you have the skills of a rocket scientist, then
there are realistically only so many other rocket scientists around to compete against you when you try to compete for the next rocket science job.
And when you get that job the pay will reflect the relative rarity of actual rocket science skills as compared to the skills needed to flip
That's why people say, "Get a skill." It's because the rarer your skill set is, the more marketable it should help make you. The fewer people
there are in your area with your skill set, the easier it will theoretically be for you to land that next job demanding your skill set and the higher
the pay ought to be reflecting the rarity of your skill set.
The thing about college degrees is that thanks to government taking over loans and helping make college more "affordable" for everyone, degrees are
anything but now, and there are very few degrees that are actually good investments against their projected rate of return for starting wages and
career projected earnings. Government won't do anything about it either until the whole system collapses. Think about it. Government is starved for
money, and this way, they get whole generations mired in debt they pay to government and won't get out of while also taxing the same base. It's