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I’d like a 6 pack of Entitlement please.

What are you and I guaranteed in life?  Are we guaranteed a nice home and food on our plates?  What about safety?  Are we entitled to that?  Are we entitled to love and understanding?  Is tomorrow guaranteed?

I'd like to redeem this for a nice life please.

I think you get the point.  We can’t  redeem a ticket for those items listed above at the Entitlement Store.  Imagine if we could for a moment…  I’ll take a three bedroom house, a Prius, an above average spouse and two kids.  I’d also like a job that pays slightly above average and a couple of weeks off a year in order to take some vacations.  *Poof*

I have a good friend who was out of work for months.  Got a job and promptly was laid off again.  Several months had past and they were able to secure another job.  You’d think they would be grateful.  Nope.  They complain that they are working too much.  Some people are always going to complain that they are getting the short end of the stick.  My friend thinks life should be easier and yet doesn’t do anything to improve themself.  They remain at the whim of the hire and fire cycle in a dying profession.

Read this and take it as cautionary tale that we are not entitled to success nor happiness.  We only have our own best efforts that are hopefully coupled with a positive attitude in this life.  It’s up you and me to choose to work smarter and better ourselves along the way.

This isn’t a political post nor is it a legal explanation of the term entitlement.  This is a reminder that nothing in this life is truly free.  Most of our journey through life has its ups and downs.  That’s life.  You move past the bad as well as the good.  Good times don’t last forever unfortunately.

No matter where you are along your journey just know that the odds of you winning the most recent Mega Million lottery is about 1 in 175 million.  Two people won.  It wasn’t me and it wasn’t you.  So we need to forge ahead with our own plans and dreams that involve smart work, a little risk, some elbow grease and a laser focus on your own future.

Sure you’ll hit bumps along the way in the road.  That simply means you are moving forward.  It’s better than getting run over by life because you are  sitting in the road waiting for someone to give you a lift.

You know what that looks like too.  (The person who is sitting in the road of life waiting for a lift from the Entitlement Truck.)  It’s the person in the cubical that complains about the endless reports they have to complete day in and day out.  Until the day when the pink slip fairy arrives.  I bet they miss those reports now.  They became expendable for one reason or another.

Feeling entitled can destroy your future just as much as any vice can.  So check your ego and pride at the door, roll up your sleeves and focus your energy towards your passion.  It won’t be easy because the most rewarding things in life aren’t.

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  1. January 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I think another way of looking at this is that life happens to you. Plan, make plans and be proactive instead of waiting for the entitlement fairy to arrive.

  2. January 11, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Jill,

    Yep, you got it. Life is happening all around each of us. It’s up to us to make ourown dreams come true.

    -Matt

  3. shanonnelson
    January 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

    This is cute! I see you have a sense of humor such as myself! Yes, often good things come to those who WORK without complaining. The reality of the matter is Life is Tough and it’s only those who have the mentality that if my chances are slim to none, I’m taking the slim-who will Succeed at it! I’ve decided to take the slim! Nice Blog! Let’s stay connected! I like you already! No you neither me have won the lottery, guess means we have to “check your ego and pride at the door, roll up your sleeves and focus your energy towards your passion.” God Bless!
    ~Shanon

    • January 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Shannon,

      Thanks for visiting! We all struggle a little to find motivation from time to time and that’s okay. What’s not okay is sitting around stewing thinking that one deserves better without putting in the effort.

      Welcome to the blog! I’m glad we’ve found each other.

      -Matt

  4. January 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Matt,
    You caught my attention with this post. If you look back in history up through the present, the people realizing their dreams — are making them come true.

    I had tweeted this thought a few months ago and it seems pertinent to your post:
    —-
    “When your desire to succeed is greater than your sense of entitlement, succeed you will!” ~Kate Nasser

  5. January 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Kate,

    I’m not saying antyhing that successful people don’t already know. The people who are grinding out success might need a little boost. I hope more people find this blog and can relate to the message.

    I love that tweet too. That pretty much sums it up and thanks again for the RT! You are so kind.

    If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.

    -Matt

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