Ways to distinguish yourself #105 Be entitled for nothing

Entitlement is a scary concept. If not used appropriately, it can be a
cause of inaction. Entitlement is always lurking in the back of the
minds of average people. A few examples:

1. Because I am employee, I am entitled to have the privilege of…

2. Because I completed an year of employment, I am entitled to a raise of a minimum of ..

3. Because I completed three years in this current role, I am entitled to be promoted to..

4. Because I am traveling on business, I am entitled to spend money on…

and the list will go on.

In reality, there is no entitlement. You have to earn everything. You
add value and the world will add value back into your life. You add no
value and you get back no value. When the economy is good and the
talent is scarce, you can get away with a few things and you can demand
entitlement. The moment things change (and they will) people with
entitlement mentalities are considered as “high maintenance” employees.

Imagine a scenario where you are entitled for nothing. You are supposed
to earn everything. The moment you take that stand, you are more alert
and more responsible for your own life and results. You are not
expecting or looking for free lunch. Your focus will be to add
phenomenal value to all parties involved. In return, you will get back
the right value for your efforts or you will move on. Entitlement is
replaced by a healthy value exchange.