False sense of entitlement is sure step toward failure
Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 22:04
It's common for people, especially those of a young age, to assume that the world, school and even their parents owe them something.
I hate to break it to you — no one owes you anything. Sure, every parent wants the best for their children. I have two to whom that I would love to hand the moon, but they understand everything I give them is a gift and can be taken away at a moment's notice— and that includes their favorite food, toys and super hip wardrobes.
I guess that's why the story about the 17-year-old girl who had the audacity to threaten the woman who gave birth to her just to get a used car. I don't care that she is a honor student. That achievement flew out the window about the time she hit her mother in the head with a stolen 9mm in order to force her to sign for the 350z. She has zero entitlement to a car unless she alone has earned it.
Entitlement in a lay term means that a person believes they have an inherent right. Ownership of a car is not an entitlement. Rather, it's a privilege.
Can you imagine for a moment how this girl would act if she gets into one of these Ivy League schools — the ones her mother is so afraid her arrest will keep her from — about the time her first midterm rolls around? Can you dare think what would happen if she did badly? This type of expectation to get everything that you set out to obtain and having it handed to you will only make the first failure more unbearable.
Learning to work hard toward a goal is the best gift and only entitlement you should ever expect from your parents. If you are lucky enough to have parents that bestow gifts, like cars, on you, be thankful.
You should hide your face in shame if you complain that something isn't the right brand, color, age, or any other superficial trait a spoiled brat can find to bitch about.
Remember that for every object you find repulsive because it doesn't suit your prissy pallet, there are thousands of people who would love to have it, take your place and be appreciative for the ability to do so.
Just because your mommy and daddy spent their life telling you how special you are, when you assume that the world owes you and you don't need to work to get what you want, you are a disappointment.