Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn an idiom that we use to say that someone offers value.

You’ll also get the formula to choose a career that will make you happy.

The phrase that we are talking about today is this: To be worth one’s salt

What does it mean?

It means to be worth your pay or to offer value in a more general sense.


When do we use this? Here are a few examples:

  • “Any IELTS teacher worth their salt can tell you the difference between a vocabulary word that will get you a 6 and a 7.”
  • “Any New York tour guide worth their salt should know Brooklyn like the back of their hand.”
  • “Any radio host worth their salt is able to know their audience.”


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*Bonus phrase from today: To know something like the back of your hand

What does it mean? It means to know something very well.

Example: “Michelle knows the opening song for Friends like the back of her hand.”


Other phrases to talk about value:

  • To pull one’s weight: This is used when we talk about teamwork. It means to do your part and to offer as much value as others in the group.
  • To be worth your weight in gold: This means that something is extremely valuable.
  • To know your stuff: To know a lot about something, to be an expert.


How can we be “worth our salt”?

We often take winding paths to get to our dream job.

How do we find our true passion?

A few nights ago Lindsay went to see Chris Guillebeau speak about his new book called Born for This: Finding the Work You Were Meant to Do

Chris believes that we find our dream job or our perfect work at the convergence point of three things.

They are:

  • #1: Flow
  • #2: Joy
  • #3: Money


What is your dream job?

If you haven’t found it yet how do you plan to find it?

Let us know in the comments below.

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