God made man, Man made Money and Money made Man mad. Everyone will agree with me that having money is good for whatever reason. Capitalism has made people always chase money whether in business or employment with an aim of getting more and more. The rule is “everyone for him/ herself and God for us all.” As a result, there are social classes in the society, the rich, middle class, and the poor.
My concern in career field is on salaries. In the recent past in Kenya, the government has witnessed workers strikes from various sectors, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Kenya Airways e.t.c. A common factor in all these is salary increment apart from the poor working conditions. People are busy moving from one
company to the next hoping for a better salary offer together with career development and personal growth. In addition, business owners want to make more money and they will go an extra mile to do that. For example, take the ‘Tazama Chapaa’ of Citizen TV.
Everybody wants to climb the ladder of success and sky is the limit. To some having money is not success, but success is something else, however I still think money is a measure of success. There won’t be enough salary at any given time in a person’s life.
This is best explained by Abraham Maslow in his concept of a hierarchy of needs. We all work to get money and meet our physiological needs. These include the most basic needs that are vital to survival, such as the need for water, air, food, and sleep. The high cost of living;- bills, rent, food, education- has made many to struggle meeting these needs and some have reduced their budgets by skipping some meals, walking to work e.t.c
After these are met security needs such as desire for steady employment, health insurance, safe neighborhoods, and shelter from the environment. Many employees keep changing jobs coz of some benefits like insurance cover and other allowances. Your salary will also determine where you live in terms of security and environment. For example, Westlands, Nyali, Runda, Muthaiga, or Ghetto!! Mathare, Kibera, Eastleigh e.t.c.
In addition your money will determine your social status. Social needs include need for belonging, love, and affection. Relationships such as friendships, romantic attachments, and families help fulfill this need for companionship and acceptance, as does involvement in social, community, or religious groups. For example, people keep changing friends as they go up, with status. The kind of Clubs you go is determined by status e.g Members club or Casinos or even Clubs in downtown or uptown. There are also game associated with the rich like Golf, Chess, Cricket e.t.c God even the churches have now gone to status e.g ‘JCC-young, NPC valley Road now CITAm e.t.c
Esteem needs becomes increasingly important with satisfaction of the three needs. The need for things that reflect on self-esteem, personal worth, social recognition, and accomplishment. For example, some leadership positions like MPs, Councilors, Ministers, Senior Pastors, Bishops, Head teachers e.t.c
At self-actualization level, one wants to achieve their full potential as human beings. Make full use and exploitation of talents, capabilities, potentialities, etc. the rich want more money since money has power, fame and influence in it. For instance, the TNA aka ‘Tuko Pamoja’ Man, Uhuru Kenyatta, has power to influence who become the next Kenyan President just because he got money. Such people seem to be fulfilling themselves and to be doing the best that they are capable of doing.