Look around and you'll see a lot of people—young and old—who want what they want when they want it. And, the vast majority feel they are owed this! Where’d did this thinking come from? I'm not sure, but well-meaning parents probably paved the way by simply wanting a better life for their kids. Somewhere along the line that got turned into “more or better things"—cars, TV’s, phones, computers, vacations.
You can speculate whether this is in response to the rising rate of both parents working, more people working two jobs, rising divorce rates, the internet, advertising, and a host of other variables. It really doesn’t matter where it came from. What matters is to recognize that life is not fair or equitable.
The solution to this way of thinking is to decide that we’re the sculptors of our lives and we can stop whining about what we’re entitled to and begin working on ourselves to earn what we need to subsist and then what we need to be fulfilled. You must work to be the person you want to be.
Sound simple? I believe it is. But just because it’s not complicated doesn’t mean it’s easy. You actually need to sit down and look at your goals and how to reach them. Then you need to work at it and practice it over and over. The accepted number of repititions required to master a task or art is 10,000 times--whether it’s pitching, dancing, playing an instrument, or on the football field.
Nobody is entitled to anything in this world. You must earn it and you must decide whether you want to stay in the mindset that everyone owes you or that you owe it to yourself to be the best person you can be.
Dr. Lew Hamburger
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