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The Dreamer's E-zine, Issue #003-- Beware the Entitlement Mentality
April 26, 2007
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Beware the Entitlement Mentality

“Security does not come from government programs but from building my life around absolutes that cannot be taken away. Security comes from absolutes such as character, a good name, or a sovereign God."e-emery.

The only person that is responsible for getting you what you want is yourself. The entitlement mentality of thinking someone owes you something is one that you cannot afford to have.

The catchphrase on television these days seems to be “government should do something about it.” The government is called upon to take care of all manner of problems and whilst some are truly its responsibility, the majority are not. The majority are the individual’s responsibility.

However, the politicians don’t make it easy on themselves because rather than telling people that they are capable in one way or another of solving most of their own problems, they prefer to make huge promises they cannot deliver on even if they had the capability.

The problem of the entitlement mentality is so far reaching that even countries like the United States are facing massive problems because of it. Their health-care and pension systems are under enormous pressure. They simply cannot afford to pay for all the people that are on these programmes. So much so that Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki have written about it in their book “Why We Want You to be Rich.”

In this book they say: “The best way to solve the problem of bad financial results is to change our thoughts…That means losing the entitlement mentality…If we do not stop expecting the government to take care of us, we will continue to have the same results – a bankrupt nation filled with well-educated but financially needy people.”

The best way to change your thinking is to change what you focus on. Read the right books on financial literacy. Do a short course in accounting or investing or anything else you might like. Attend seminars and workshops. Start a small business and learn how to manage a business. Just do something different from everyone else because, as Albert Einstein said, insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

The truth of it is that you are a person with everything to offer your country and the world. Yes there are problems out there, but there are also plenty of opportunities. Why are some succeeding in the same environment? What’s to stop you from succeeding?

Stop waiting for that pay rise from the government or your employer - what are you doing to increase your income yourself? Stop waiting for that promotion - what if someone better comes along and gets the job instead?

Realise that you alone have ultimate power over your future and what happens or doesn’t happen to you. This should be a liberating and empowering thing. Take hold of it and use it well. Don’t gamble your life away with the entitlement mentality

You are all you can be. Go on and be it.

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