Entitled – it is the word that many business leaders generally describe millennials today.

While I don’t fully agree in the generality of the description because I’ve seen it first hand that there are young people who are very hardworking, diligent in what they do, respectful to the older generation and as far as output is concerned, they deliver results on time.

Reality wise, we couldn’t deny the fact that there are people (in all generations) who are entitled in life and business.

The question we need to answer is, “what makes them all entitled?”

There is one source of this entitlement — self-serving mindset.

When work has become a channel of how you want to be served, rather than you serving others, you begin the path of entitlement.

Francis Kong describes work at its very core, “Work is the expenditure of energy in creating something good and of value that may make a positive difference on others.”

When you start to think and act as if the world owes you something, entitlement starts to kick in.

It’s difficult to remove such mindset, in fact, the more you step onto a higher level of success, there is an urge and temptation to seek for selfish desires and pleasures to the point of stepping other people’s shoes.

What can we do about it? If you relate to any of these, here are some tips to help you out.

1. Distant yourself from whiners and seemingly-entitled people

It is not an easy thing to do, but if you want a different kind of life — a life of an honorable character, it is a must thing to do.

You can quickly smell entitled people; they are the ones who go out establishing their authority and stature without performing well and contributing much to the team and the organization.

They are the whiners and ones who would look for people to blame when they make mistakes. In other words, they are not responsible enough to rectify what they’ve done wrong.

Distant yourself from them. Seek for friends and companions who have the same core values as yours – all-out service.

2. Remember the “world doesn’t owe you anything.”

You can begin complaining all day that you should receive all that you want because of who you are and what you have done.

Far from reality, you won’t get them all.

I like what Jim Rohn says, “Life doesn’t give you what you want, life doesn’t give you what you need, life gives you what you deserve.”
When you think you deserve the salary increase or promotion when you have done only 2-hour work every day for the entire year, you’re seeking yourself pleasurable yet undeserved rewards.

Of course, we don’t deserve anything at all, but rewards are for those who work hard enough with integrity.

We sometimes need to check our prideful heart and see if there are any self-seeking desires.

3. Change your mindset and develop your attitude

It starts with your mindset and heart. Rather than being self-centered all the time, think of ways on how you can contribute to the organization.

You may be unpopular, and you may not get the credits you deserve, it is always a matter of time before one person can see the outcome of your efforts. When your efforts produce incredible results that surpass the requirement given to you, you don’t just achieve, you also grow yourself and develop your character.

When skills are honed every day, why not attitude?

Bring a positive and energetic attitude in what you do. You may see negative circumstances in your life, but that’s part of life. Be joyful and give your best every day regardless of whether it is other people won’t notice. Success is visible, but the process is invisible.

That’s it for now!

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