According to Underearners Anonymous, "underearning is many things, not all of which are about money. While the most visible consequence is the inability to provide for one's needs, including future needs, underearning is also about the inability to fully acknowledge and express our capabilities and competencies. It is about underachieving or under-being, no matter how much money we make." Some examples of underearning include:
Idea Deflection-compulsively reject ideas that could expand our lives or careers, and increase profitability.
Giving Away Our Time- compulsively volunteer for various causes, or give away our services without charge, when there is no clear benefit.
Undervaluing or Under-pricing- We undervalue our abilities and services and fear asking for increases in compensation or for what the market will bear.