The Entitlement Mentality - Stay Away From It
Last Update: Oct 5, 2022
Just to make sure I got it right I asked the all knowing sage Google this question. Here is the screenshot of the response I got.
Sorry, until Wealthy Affiliate fixes the image import tool we have to live with this. I did my best to capture the whole screenshot for this blog. It didn't work which I was not surprised about.
On a side note, at Kyle's class this evening, he brought up the topic of the updates Wealthy Affiliate is making, I took this opportunity to tell him about this problem. Kyle asked me to send him a PM describing my experience. I did, using screenshots, and await his response. I feel confident that this issue will be resolved.
Google Definition Of Entitlement Transcribed
The entitlement mentality is defined as a sense of deservingness or being owed a favor when little or nothing has been done to deserve special treatment. It's the “you owe me” attitude. Entitlement is a narcissistic personality trait.
Do You Agree?
Wow! I think Google got it left, right and center. What hit me was the last sentence. I never made that connection before. But now that makes perfect sense. It's like having the attitude of being more important than others. So we are entitled to special things.
Sadly our world is filled with people like that. You can read about them often in the news.
Can you add to this based on your own experience?
Why Am I Bringing This Up?
There is a train of thought that applies to the case when building our business. When we spend hours, days, weeks, months, and years working hard on building our business aren't we entitled to big results? And when the results don't come, don't we feel that the world owes us something?
I use the word "we" metaphorically speaking. I am not implying that any of us feel that way.
May I ask you a question? Have you ever felt that way, even just a little? Have you noticed this attitude in the way questions are asked when members are not seeing the results they expected?
Let's Get One Thing Straight
Nobody owes us anything. The saying if it's to be it's up to me applies in business. Until we take full responsibility for our actions and the results we get, I am sorry to say success will always be elusive.
Sure, situations can arise that are out of our control and can cause us grief. But there are ways to handle it.
Situations That Need Special Attention
For example, this business is clearly not for everyone. Here are some examples that I conjured up.
- When we experience a serious long term illness, the most important thing is to focus on our health and put working on our business aside until we get better.
- When natural disasters strike, it is easy to blame that for problems with our business. I suggest being accepting of the situation and don't lay blame. In time, when the disaster subsides we can pick things up and move on.
- There are times when we ask for help. For example, when we have problems and reach out to other members. We are fortunate that people take the time to make suggestions. OK, we try them out and they don't work. Do we blame those who helped? No. It is still our responsibility to make sure that the solution provided is right for us.
- Outsourcing is a vital option to scale up our businesses. If the people we hire don't meet up to our expectations do we blame them? We should not. Here's why. It was our job to ensure that we picked the right talent for the job. The chances are when we don't get the desired result, we didn't do the vetting process well enough.
- When updates are done to improve a platform, glitches can occur. It happens when we depend so much on technology these days. Some of us are currently experiencing issues with the updated WA Platform. Do we blame WA? I feel we should not. Rather than blame and complain, it is far better to work with Kyle and Carson to help explain the problem clearly so that it can be fixed. The issue is often in how the communication process is handled. Soon enough everything will be fixed.
Expecting Others To Solve Our Problems
When we expect others to solve our problems, that is a form of the entitlement mentality. That attitude can do more damage to our business than you realize.
I stated earlier that we have to accept full responsibility for our business. If we don't, the chances are we will get forever stuck in a rut with the prospect of failure in our future.
When we dump the entitlement mentality, it will feel like a breath of fresh air. Clarity will reign. In that kind of environment, guess what usually happens.
We can start to see the solutions we seek. Often, they are starring us in the face.
Since our minds were all transfixed on laying blame on others for our situation, we caused our business to stall.
Attitude Is King, Queen, Prince or Princess
Yes indeed. Having a positive and "can do" attitude will provide us with the resolve to do the right things to succeed. Some will succeed sooner than later. We all have our own pace.
However, if we want results sooner rather than later, we have to inject a sense of urgency in what we do.
I bet, if you quizzed all the successful members at WA, (you know who they are), you will find they all applied a sense of urgency into their actions.
The best way to make urgency work successfully is to focus on one thing at a time. Then complete it before going on to the next. Set a deadline and meet it.
This is not easy and we all can fail in meeting this high standard. That is the name of the game. We pick up where we left off and move on.
Most importantly, never feel entitled.
What Do You Think?
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I wish you much success in your affiliate marketing journey.
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