From FI Heroes …
I didn’t do such a great job negotiating my salary at the first company I worked for after college but I didn’t realize it at the time since I didn’t have much to compare it to and given the economic climate, I was just happy to have landed a job at all.
So I accepted a salary much lower than what I was actually worth. It would take a couple of years and a chance encounter for me to figure out that I was worth much more than what my employer was paying me.
Back then, if you told me a 5 minute conversation would someday add over $300,000 to my earnings over my career I never would have believed you.