Entitled To…

Entitled To…

“They feel so entitled.” Millennials, Management, Members, oh my!! Entitle; to qualify, make eligible, permit, to bestow, to give permission, allow. Originally to be entitled, meant that you gave something and in return you received something. You purchase a membership, you receive discounts, private access, a slice of luxury, networking. You are promoted for outstanding performance to management, you receive a raise, benefits, the opportunity to lead. However, somewhere along the way it all became twisted. What was a balance of giving and receiving, took a turn towards the act of taking that was iced with arrogance. Somehow a kind of misguided thinking occurred. The idea that what was received endorsed low level behaviour. When approached, questioned, given direction or god forbid the low level behaviour be addressed, replies that can be heard are; “I’m a member. You can’t tell me what to do.” To my personal favourite, “Do you know who I am?” And, an all time classic, “You, are nothing to me!” You give and then you receive and then you think you can take. You can take from those around you, because you feel that the act of entitled bestowed this upon you. That you can take away another’s right to be treated with dignity and respect. That you can rob someone of self esteem by belittling and demeaning them.  Such an unfortunate assumption. I am certain that in the fine print of any membership or any promotion there is nothing that states, “Better Than.” I am positive that no one is awarded the privilege where  those outside of the selected circle are to be treated without...