By the time the smoke finally cleared, three people had magic superpowers and one of them had become a giant sea turtle !
Come on - Everyone acts this way... Don't They?
It seems like we are aways hearing about this, so called "Entitled" generation, and how frustrating they can be.
- We all know them!
They are the one's who are: 1) Unimpressed by anything and anyone 2) Seemingly non-hard working 3) Arrogant, and expecting things are supposed to just magically work out for them because they are somehow "special"!
-- Yep, we know them.
They are the seemingly un-realistic folks who just expect that their future is going to be all perfect and gleaming, merely because they see themselves as the super duper special ones.
They have also seen others doing quite well and without taking the time to understand and appreciate exactly why, they just simply Assume that others must have been magically handed their success. Why not Them Too?
They act like: "Hey, I own any earth I stand on".
They appear to have a "No worries at all - I got this all figured out! - It's all just soooo easy!" kind of vibe about them.
Yep ... We all know them!
And Yes, It can be very frustrating....
But -- Here's the thing:
Everybody Acts Entitled (in some ways) !
The situation is seemingly more about Delusion.
The amount, direction and intensity of the Delusion is what makes it such a tricky bugaboo.
Perhaps it's our idea (or assumption) that each day we can drive our cars to and fro unharmed, or maybe it's the thought that we can safely step in and out of the bath each day, is that which shows our complete delusion. Especially when you look at the statistical averages.
But we, in fact need our delusions in order to live our lives.
We, just like these "annoying" students, have to Believe that for Us - Things will always be Fine!
Doing good work, building proper RCI and creating actual value? - Now, that is an entirely different story...
It's been said that, for some people, having their mentors treat them as equals can create sheer Magic - Yet for others, it creates sheer nightmare! Like when a cocky young musician finally discovers the truth about his or her place in the "reality/delusion-balance" as they fall, embarrassingly flat on their faces--Sadly too, right in front of the folks they most wanted to wanted to wow or impress. It can be sad to witness.
My musician friend from Texas always says: "Well...That old boy's humongous ego has just plumb flat exceeded his minuscule little abilities!"
This "entitlement" thing can also be tricky because it can have different faces - Where as often, people who possess crazy amazing skills think just so lowly of themselves, that they can actually Damage themselves! Due to the low sense of "entitlement" they believe themselves capable of or deserving of - they self-sabotage every single bit of their own progress. It's like the other side of the "Entitlement" coin. Giving-in to the "Entitlement" the Dark Side!
Much like those people who are "Entitled" just expect things to be great without any real plan, could stand to learn a bit of Humility - Many others who have an "internal negative expectation" or "Negative-Entitlements" could perhaps learn to appreciate themselves and their true, powerful value.
Now, there are those typically young and un-impressed by anything, annoyingly "entitled" folks who are, in reality the are the baddest cats on the block!
This does happen occasionally!
But....most often, they just suck.
The litmus test for both seems to be the same: ....Time!
Time proves the "Entitled" winners from the merely delusional!
I always joke that when a person tells me what they do for work, I ask to see their cellphone! From experience, I know that if they are truly good at what they do and they are valuable what they do, the phone numbers and/or email addresses on their cell phones will prove a pretty quick and easy way to see who's Making it or who's Faking it!
.....So let's give these "Entitled" bunch a pass, because time will eventually show to them what most of us have already known all along....
We can instead, focus on developing our own Prodigy path, build up our own RCI and actually enjoy Doing what we want to do in our lives! Minus all of the drama.
We know what laser focus and true humility can do for us. So we can rest assured that the "Entitlement" bunch will learn this lesson, eventually.
-- We just get to know it ahead of time!
There is a real benefit in doing things right.
Growing up in Silicon Valley, I have definitely seen many a miserable and suffering rich person.
It's like if we do it wrong, we get "Weeds in the Garden", and these Weeds are darned hard to get rid of. They always seem surface again sooner or later. They just serve choke the life out of the Flowers and we often see these seemingly wealthy folks experience great suffering and pain later in life.
Don't be fooled....Often the outsides of other people's perfect little lives might appear to be nice and shiny - but look deeper, and Bam! - There it is. Ouch...the Truth!
We can very easily assume too much about others.
The truths about people's "Weeds in the Garden" can be quite eye-opening! Yet, the coolest folks seem to lead with Laser Focus and real Humility.
Cocky is like Hockey...Sooner or later, you're gonna get your teeth get bashed in...