01/03/2012 05:52 pm ET

Career Advice: How To Get What You Deserve By Knowing Your Worth

I used to write for a talk show on a tiny cable network. And I was forever astonished by how differently my male and female coworkers talked about their careers. The men were running off at the mouth about whether they'd deign to take a gig with David Letterman or Conan, airily speculating as to whether the salaries (twice what most of them were making) would be sufficient. Meanwhile, most of my female colleagues, who, by the way, tended to work much harder than the guys, were thankful simply to have a job.

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