Amy Schumer Has Tips for You on How to Negotiate a Raise
The next time you’re planning to ask for a raise, unleash your inner Amy Schumer. The comedian and 2015 It-girl showed us all how it’s done by trading a $1-million book deal for an $8-million book deal. According to a new report in The New York Times, Schumer signed a $1-million deal with HarperCollins for a book of humorous essays back in 2013. A year later, she cancelled the contract. Yes, that’s right. She walked away from a million bucks. Why? She knew she was worth more.
The newly minted Emmy winner has catapulted to success thanks to her hilarious jokes, a love of white wine and a don’t-take-it-so-seriously attitude — oh, and her #DropsMic moment on gun control endeared her to even more fans — and upped her worth, big time. Now, Schumer has parlayed her success into a reported $8-million deal with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books, outstripping Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl deals of $5 and $3.5-million, respectively.
She explained her decision to GQ earlier this summer. “I had a whole deal, but I decided to wait,” Schumer said, proving that patience is a virtue and that good things come to those who are Amy Schumer. “I thought I would make more money if I waited.”
Takeaway? Know your worth. When your professional stock has grown and you bring more to the company than before, let your bosses know, then take a page from Amy Schumer. If you’re not feeling confident, before walking in to your negotiation, blast Rihanna’s “BBHMM” (in your earbuds, of course). Then go in there, and say in your most professional voice, “Pay me what you owe me!”
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The post was originally published on Levo League by Amy Elisa Jackson.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!