I work in an industry that luckily provides second paychecks on a regular basis.
One of my clients Matt, accurately described the second paycheck as that awesome feeling you get when you get something more from your job than just the paycheck at the end of the week.
It’s that second paycheck, the one that lifts your spirit, reminding you people appreciate what you bring to the job. That feeling of helping someone, making a genuine difference in their life.
Let’s be clear, doing just the very minimum requirement of your job will get you a paycheck each week, but not much more.
It’s even unlikely that paycheck will get bigger over time.
So to get a larger paycheck, or the second paycheck, you need to put in more.
More time, more effort, and scarily, more of yourself.
If you’re happy with what you currently have, and what you currently get from your job (which is fine), then keep doing what you’re doing.
If you want more from you work, or you want that second paycheck, which in my opinion feels better than the actual paycheck, then this requires more work. More emotional labour.
This is scary and difficult, but rewarding.