There’s a common belief in the world today that only Governments can reduce poverty. But in this 20Twenty conversation, Neil Johnson looks at some alternatives with Mark Anderson Smith, author of ‘Double Your Salary Without Losing Your Soul.’
Mark thought he was in a well-paid job until he couldn’t afford to buy his children new shoes. That experience made him examine his life and led him to set a goal to double his salary in just four years. Mark talks about how we think about our own future as Christians, and how the concept of setting goals can transform our lives.
Mark has actually doubled his salary three times already, and has now set himself the goal to do it a fourth time! But he says what he’s really aiming for is more time to spend on the things he really wants to do in life. “The amount of money earned isn’t really what I’m aiming for, it’s the freedom.”
Mark has worked in a large number of organisations around the UK, and sees a lot of people stuck in fairly low paid jobs. “There’s not much career progression and they’re struggling to get by. I think a lot of people just don’t know what they can do to change things.”
Mark explains that he first doubled his salary when he was quite young. “I was 16 and I knew that that job wasn’t going anywhere. I thought I really need to try and do something else, so I went on a training course with a youth training scheme. And after about nine months on that training scheme, I was offered a job that actually doubled my salary for the first time.”