I picked up this book the other day because it's eminently applicable to my life. In the decade that I've been a member of the workforce (much of it part time, or while as a student, but some of it at full time or more), I have not grossed more than $26k in a single year. In fact I only broke $20k 2 out of 10 years.
I'm just beginning to read Stanny's book and have realized that a web of intertwined, carefully nurtured fears lie at the bottom of my underearning. There may be good reasons why I didn't earn more -- but there was certainly nothing to stop me from finding ways to overcome those reasons. Nothing except the stories my family told, about "rich" people and high-income earners, and their reinforcement by my fellow underearning wage-slaves.
For some reason, despite priding myself on my independence, I never thought to critically examine any of the beliefs I was indoctrinated with before I picked up this book?!
Has anyone else read this book, or are you reading it now? Is anyone else struggling with their underearning? (My spouse is an underearner too. I don't know if that is typical, but it seems like it will make pulling out of the spiral a bit more challenging.)