the attitude of entitlement

I don’t typically go for inspirational/motivational speaking. I also don’t usually get into the same old marketing/business-speak of annual corporate meetings. But a month ago our annual meeting had a nice, minor message that our CEO mentioned. That of entitlement. The attitude that someone is owed something. This attitude breaks down teams, organizations, even cultures. It is a waste of karma. I found the quick message meaningful enough to tuck away with just this quick mention to reinforce it. Always earn your way. If you deserve it, you’ll get it. (I’m sure this was in reference to this year’s talk of exec bonuses and frivolities in Wall Street, but I take it on a far different and more personal level.)