Why You Must Let Go of the Entitlement Mindset

Get this. The world owes you nothing. You’re not entitled to anything. Chances are no one will hand your goals and dreams on a silver platter. If you want something, you must go for it. You must chase it relentlessly.

The entitlement mindset is the belief that others owe you and are responsible for you. This disempowering mindset taints your glasses to see the world as responsible for your welfare and well-being. It leads you to abdicate your personal power and leaves at the mercy of other people’s whim and with no power to face your challenges.

Because people with this mindset believe that someone else is supposed to take care of them, provide for them, and do the work for them, they make very little effort to better their condition and improve their situation. And when to world doesn’t comply with their wish, they throw tantrums.

They expect to get the promotion, just because… They expect to pass the course, just because… They expect to win the competition, just because… They expect their special relationship to flourish, just because… They expect success to fall on their lap, just because… And when they don’t get the promotion, pass the course, win the competition, etc., they feel robbed and start playing the blame game.

Of course, they don’t describe their mindset in those terms. But their attitudes, words, and actions show that they expect the government, the bank, the school, the girlfriend, the boyfriend, the dad, the mom, or whoever else, to fix their lives for them.

If they’re in debt, they say it’s because their employer pays them too little or because the government levies too much tax. Never mind that they’ve been mismanaging their money.

If you’re in debt, it’s because of your own mismanagement. This may be hard to swallow, but it’s true—and empowering. You’re responsible for your financial situation—as you are responsible for the other aspects of your life. That’s empowering because it means, if you’re not happy with your results, you can turn things around.

The entitlement mindset isn’t serving you, and you must let it go. You must take responsibility for yourself. You must take responsibility for results. You must take responsibility for your decisions and actions—good and bad. Personal responsibility is a by-product of adulthood. You’re responsible for you.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.