The world was here first, not you. A major problem within our society is many do not think they need to change, rather the world does. We have become an increasingly more entitled society over the years. This week we’ll discuss the problematic mindset of entitlement and how we can change it.

The number one problem is people feel they are entitled to a better job, car, house, or life. The mindset is, “The world should see how great I am and reward me.” This is completely wrong. First, we must take the focus off ourselves. You will not get what you want unless you’re willing and able to help others get what they want. As Zig Ziglar said, “You can have anything you want in life if you’ll just help enough people get what they want.” The proper mindset involves asking yourself, “Why am I not getting what I want? Why am I not getting promoted? Making more money?”

If you think your life or career situation isn’t good enough, maybe it’s because you’re not good enough. You can’t begin to reach new heights until you’re willing to accept that your success is dependant on you. No one owes you anything. If you want something, go earn it. But quit making excuses and blaming others for why you don’t have what you want.

A key step to achieve more is to ask yourself, “What am I doing?” Honestly evaluate what you are doing and what you could do more of. Ask, “What can I do to increase my energy and effort levels? How can I work harder and be more helpful to others?” The answers to these questions will provide the real keys to success and happiness.

Doing the same thing and expecting different results is not only insanity but it is the definition of entitlement. My generation has it’s fair share of entitled people and we continue raise entitled children. What we all must realize is nothing will ever change (job, money, relationships, etc) unless we change ourselves. The world does not owe us.

Once we start putting more into jobs, life, and relationships, we begin to receive more in return.

Re-evaluate and redefine your definition of hard work. It’s not just going to happen on its own.

We have an entitled population and need to change. Change must first occur within ourselves. Remember how hard it is to change yourself before trying to change others. Quit making excuses and shifting blame. Work hard and get better every single day. Remember, small daily gains equal huge success sustained.

As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!


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