Entitlement and Other Bad Habits
June 19, 2012 § Leave a Comment
As the quote goes: The world doesn’t owe you a living.
If you’re coming from the corporate world, with its state-regulated employee protections, you’ve probably gotten used to the idea that you somehow deserve a bigger paycheck. You should be able to keep your job. Your work day should only be 9 hours long, and no weekends.
The textile industry of New York’s garment district didn’t deserve to be eviscerated by global competition, but it was.
The people working for GM in Detroit, building cars because their parents built cars because their parents built cars, didn’t deserve to lose their jobs by the thousands.
Real estate agents. Travel agents. Journalists. The newest casualties of change. People in these industries suffered, forced to switch careers and start over, all through no real fault of their own.
You may think all this disruption is unfair. That people have the right to earn a decent living, to own a home, to live better than their parents did. That someone should step in, do something about all this, pass a law.
If that’s the case, if this is how you really feel, then I humbly suggest that you never bother becoming self employed. Entrepreneurship and entitlement are two opposite philosophies. One focuses on getting ahead by making other people’s lives better. The other focuses on keeping what’s yours by forcing the world to stand still.