If I say I’m against “entitlement thinking,” many would cheer. However, if I say I’m against “entitlements,” some would call me mean-spirited.
Most talk around “entitlements” is political, highly charged, and nasty. The minute lawmakers try to reduce any specific “entitlement program,” they are accused of being nothing short of evil.
But, this board member of the Denver Rescue Mission is not evil at all. I just think we need to be aware of “unintended consequences” …
What Would Happen If
When I think about “hand outs” of any kind, this well-known English proverb comes to mind: “Necessity is the mother of invention.”
Watching the movie “Z for Zachariah” about the last three people on Earth following a nuclear holocaust, I was struck by what people can do when they have to do it. Without electricity and other modern conveniences, these poor souls had to …
Hunting for food, growing crops, and foraging for daily nourishment is hard work—but out of necessity, they found a way.
The question is, what might a person do differently if not handed free stuff?
The Problem With Free Stuff
When I spoke at a blue chip insurance company, I left several QBQ! books at the ballroom entrance on display. Later, they were all gone.
Was this crowd a crowd of thieves, bad people, and “takers”? No. Someone just thought the books were free.
See the Pepsi can in the photo? If you’ve read Chapter One of QBQ! you’ve been wondering, Why would The QBQ! Guy have that?
Karen and I attended the “Extreme Dog Show” at the famous National Western Stock Show in Denver on Monday. At the event, they handed out free hot dogs, chips, and Diet Pepsi.
As you QBQ! readers know, I prefer Diet Coke. Yet, I carried an unwanted/unneeded Diet Pepsi home for one reason: It was free.
That’s the problem with free stuff.
Have I Become Entitled?
Believers in the QBQ! message of personal accountability often complain about entitlement thinking pervading our society. I understand that frustration. I also believe, if we’re not careful, we all can become entitled …
“My boss should coach me more!”
“The company should pay for my schooling!”
“I should be a manager by now!”
“My spouse should be more loving!”
“My kids should listen to me!” (More on parenting here)
Should, should, should! Said differently, I deserve!
The Problem With Entitlement
When I fall into the I deserve! trap, I serve less, work less, and contribute less. Where’s the value in that?
The biggest consequence of entitlement thinking, though, is this:
I do not come close to reaching my potential.
And that’s a darn shame.
Two introspective questions to challenge me to become more than I am today:
Have I become entitled by letting in I deserve! thinking? Instead of judging others’ entitlement thinking, what can I do to eliminate it from my life?
Powerful questions worth asking today.
Meanwhile, we’re going back for the “Draft Horse and Mule Show” tomorrow (yes, you read that right), so I think I’ll take that Diet Pepsi back.