I know a lot of journalists who work very hard but don’t seem to reap the financial rewards for their effort. The write thousands of words per week but barely manage a subsistence salary, struggling to make rent or mortgage payments. My observation from discussions with journalists is that there are a number of contributing factors to this.
The COVD-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe. For many countries, there is not a single activity that we took for granted that hasn’t been changed – perhaps permanently. But one of the features of western society is the political obsession with ‘the economy’. The problem is, politicians have trained us to be so focussed on the health of the economy that we’re missing its true purpose. It’s not society’s role to support the economy. The economy needs to serve society. And the pandemic is a once in a generation opportunity to correct that imbalance.
Here’s a quote from Australia’s richest person, Frank Lowy. “I don’t work for nothing. I’m entitled to get paid.” If making money is one of your working goals, then I think Lowy’s advice is worth remembering. Clearly, giving freebies isn’t a path to financial independence. When you work for free (volunteer, charitable work is the