What Generation Do You Make Up?
Do you feel as if you are part of an entitled generation?
Maybe you are a Baby Boomer, who gave birth to generation Y. Perhaps you are generation X who is giving birth to the generation Z children. Could be you are a Millennial and you are born to either generation x or the baby boomers.
Regardless of which generation you were born, I believe every generation has people in it who feel entitled to more in some way.
Before you get mad at me, please note that I also am part of an entitled generation. Heck, we all are.
How can I say that, you ask?
Easy, I believe every generation deserves the chance to create something for their life. So, in some way we feel a sense of entitlement.
Look around and you’ll see that 9 of 10 conversation today are about money, advancements in career, life style, cars, jewels, big homes, expensive clothes and how we spend our weekends.
There is nothing wrong with wanting more out of life. I feel we should work hard and smart to get all we can to make the lives of the next generation easier.
What is Entitlement?
I believe entitlement is when someone has a belief that someone else owes them something for nothing.
Entitlement is about ego.
You feel that you deserve to have everything and more, even though you did not put the same effort into your work as someone else put into theirs.
In countries that are Socialist or Communist everyone gets the same treatment. In a way, everyone is entitled to the same things. Good and bad.
5 Reason the Entitled Generation Class Is Growing
Before I give you the 5 reason not to be part of the entitled generation, I want to give you a few additional details about the different generations.
Everyone in the different generations shares many of the same characteristics no matter what country they were born in.
People from their own generation and people from generations after, often believe many of the people in these groups are spoiled, self-entitled and that they are really the me-me-me generation.
No matter what you believe to be the truth or not, each generation is leaving a definitive mark on society.
In every generation after World War II, we were told to go to school, get a job or start a business, buy a home and get to get a piece of the American dream before you die.
Many people believe, if you must step on a few people’s backs, that’s ok. It is justified because in this life, you got to get yours. We hear statements like, It’s a dog eat dog world.
This is not true. If you believe this you might be part of the entitled generation.
Many people have a believe that, if they can control other people, then they can have more than the next person.
Sure, if you’re an employee, then your boss has “control” of your time, money and ever the opportunities that you may or may not get.
If you are the boss, you may might have control over your employees but don’t forget your customer has “control” over you. Not to mention the government, banks and the law has control over everyone.
Now that you know who really is in control, you should be humbled not arrogant. Understand we all need each other to succeed in business and in personal life. When you understand this, you start to move away from being part of the entitled generation.
As you continue to read this article, you are most likely on one of the many social media platform out there.
If you use social media for pleasure but not business you may be a part of the entitled generation without even knowing it.
How can I say that you ask? Good question.
Most people, including myself, post on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms in hopes that our message will reach a wider audience.
Why do we post our personal life on social media?
Perhaps we want to be noticed by someone important. We want others to notice our talent. Maybe we feel we will be discovered and we can become the next Justin Bieber.
Yes, he was a YouTube sensation and is now influencing millions of people around the world.
People see Justin Biebers success and believe they should also be able to have the same success he has.
You can go on to Instagram and find hundreds of pictures and videos posted by people who have become people of influences. We start to believe that we can also post to social media and we to can become insta-famous.
The problem is many times we do not see all the work that goes into becoming insta-famous.
Most of us are playing the lottery with social media and forgetting that it takes hard work, time and dedication to become an overnight sensation.
Don’t be part of the entitled generation that believes social media will solve all their problems. May time it creates psychological problems which are just starting to be understood.
Did you know in January 2017, the unemployment rate in Canada was 6.8% and in the United States that number was 4.9%, in June 2016.
According to Statisticbrain.com, almost 68 million people in the United States were on welfare in 2016. Although not stated, in Canada, the rates would be comparable based on population percentages.
As the government starts to issue unemployment checks to its people, many people start to believe they do not need to work to earn an income.
They sit at home and collect a check from the government. Many people find jobs that pay cash under the table and find ways to take advantage of the system.
Sure, if you fall on hard times and need government assistance, to get back on our feet, you should use the help that is available.
Growing up, my family needed it twice. We had been hit by two major recessions and times were tough. But my parents worked hard through the recession and did what it took to get off the assistance and back on their feet.
Unfortunately, many people believe in the government handout and take advantage of tax payer dollars.
If you are one of these people then you are part of the entitled generation. It is time to stop the madness and take responsibility for your life. Stop taking advantage of your fellow hard-working tax payers.
Work Harder Than Others
You can work harder than others without stepping on anyone or taking advantage of them.
There are countless stories of people who work hard, go to-night school, get the required education and are now some of the top influences in the business world.
They went after the American Dream. That is the right to make something of yourself with equal opportunity for everyone.
I believe this is something more people in our society need to understand. We can have a future that is better than our today.
If you feel entitled, you believe others should just give you what you want. But to not be part of the entitled generation, we need to use our ability to become more because we want to not because we are feeling pressured to.
Starting today, look around you and you will see, read and hear stories of people who just worked harder and smarter than their peers.
In many parts of the world an education is something that society is entitled to.
There are countries were education is not top of mind due to certain economic and geo-political issues. There are still counties that believe that women should not be educated. These people are trying to oppress the population.
We know all of this and unfortunately many people still take their basic education and do nothing with it.
Did you know given the opportunity, people in other parts of the world, would jump on the opportunity to have the education we believe is beneath us.
If you can take any continued education classes with work or on your personal time do so. But have a plan on what you want to take and why.
Do not become the 50-year-old student who has been in school for 30 years working on their 10th degree. Go out and do something with the chance to make something of yourself.
Maybe you were not able to go to school and get an education. May times life is a great teacher.
I believe in North America, I can’t speak for other countries, we are starting to get an entitlement complex. Every generation is starting to feel a sense of entitlement.
Because of social media and the messages that we here, we have been lead to believe that if we do the least amount of work we can have everything in life.
We are being sold a false dream.
Sure, doing less work and accomplishing more is true for a small percentage of the world’s population but do you really want to take a chance and find out that you are not part of that small percentage?
We are the entitled generation. Every one of us feels as if we should be getting more and not pay the full price of success.
You have the right to get everything you work for. Will you squander your opportunity or will you take advantage of what is in front of you?
Will you live a life that includes other people or will you be selfish and live a life where you are the actor, director and only person watching your personal life story?
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