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Entitlement … a 21st Century Epidemic?

Quote about entitlement by Marian Wright EdelmanIt seems that there are a growing number of people in our world who have a feeling of entitlement and they come in many shapes and forms.

They feel entitled to a job, entitled to government handouts, entitled to benefits that were negotiated in other times, entitled to major bonuses, entitled to “executive perks” … they are even entitled to multi-million dollar severance packages for failure … on and on.

The world just isn’t that complex … we need to live within our means.  As individuals, as cities, as Provinces (or states) and as countries.  There are plenty of examples of the entitlement shown by countries that are living beyond their means.

In my world … I am responsible for myself.  I use my skills, my energy, my commitment, my brains to reach the goals I set for myself.  My standard of living, my happiness, my successes, my failure today and into the future are all in my own hands.

Do YOU have an entitlement attitude?

Do you expect the government, your family, your boss or some other “higher authority” to look after you?

Good luck with that!

Entitlement is a modern disease that kills work ethic … in fact it kills all ethics, it kills creativity, it kills the desire we need if we are going to overcome adversity and achieve great things!

The way to cure this Entitlement disease is to accept responsibility, accept accountability and pay your own way!  Earn your success!  Create your own opportunities!  Give back!  Take some risk!  Push yourself to do better!

There is great satisfaction in taking personal responsibility … there is even greater dissatisfaction in being totally dependent upon the good graces of that “higher authority”!

Yes, there are times when we need a hand up … we need to be grateful for that help and not feel entitled to it!

Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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