This post came about from a conversation with my husband. Our neighbor has decided to look for a job after living on alimony and child support exclusively for five years. She cannot handle any stress and needs someone to constantly direct her. Her boyfriend needs to tell her how to care for their garden because she cannot handle the stress of making those decisions. It is my assumption that she will get a low paying job or a job that requires physical labor because she cannot handle stress. I think you either get paid for physical work, skilled labor or stress.
I have a lot of stress in my job. I have production goals every month, work on commission, am responsible for my own work, and shit hits the fan every day that needs to be dealt with in an efficient manner. My cell phone is on my business cards and rings when I have a day off. I am paid very well for the stress of my job. It is demanding and I do well with that. If it were easy, it wouldn't pay a third of what I make.
I think that if you are unwilling or unable to handle stress, you are not likely to make much money without back-breaking labor or a desired skill set. I think that stress pays.
What do you think? Does stress equal money?
ETA: I don't meant to make it sound like I don't like my job. I love it. I like the constant challenge of getting the deal and making it work. I love dealing with people for the sales part of my job. I also like the money that comes along with it :)