Entitlement in Society (Part 2): Stunts Growth

In my last post we introduced the disturbing CNN article, “Are Jobs Obsolete?,” and discussed how the premise that most Americans don’t need to work would negatively impact individuals’ happiness and self-esteem.  Now, in the second of a three-part blog series on entitlement in society, we’ll discuss why making jobs obsolete would stunt our country’s growth. The article makes

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Entitlement in Society (Part 1): Destroys Happiness

I recently read one of the most disheartening news pieces I have ever seen: “Are Jobs Obsolete?”  Not only was it on the front page of CNN’s website, but more than 37,000 people “liked it” on Facebook.  The article’s premise boggles my mind: the US is so productive that we shouldn’t worry about unemployment rates.

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The Difference Between Wisdom and Intelligence

“Intelligence is the ability to learn from your mistakes. Wisdom is the ability to learn from the mistakes of others.” – Anonymous I think about this quote often. I’m not sure if that is the exact definition of both words, but it is a powerful concept either way.  Let’s say the definition above is true. Intelligence

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HUG Away the Evil E’s

One of my pet peeves is people that point out a problem without offering a solution. Too many people get ahead in life nitpicking other people or things, without being able to do any better themselves. So, since I pointed out the Evil E’s (Ego, Envy, Entitlement) — behaviors that destroy teams and cultures — I better have

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The Evil E’s: Entitlement Defined

Now to the final Evil E: Entitlement. When something that was originally a positive in life becomes the norm, Entitlement happens.  It no longer adds value to your life if it happens, it’s just expected.  If it does not happen, you become sad, depressed or angry. Entitlement is actually very ingrained in human nature. Out of

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The Evil E’s: Envy Defined

Let’s continue with the Evil E’s (Ego, Envy and Entitlement) and move to Envy. “Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.” – Honore de Balzac I love that quote, because it tells it like it is. Envy is based on comparing yourself to others

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The Evil E’s: Ego Defined

I often refer to the Evil E’s. I started using this term to refer to behaviors in people that were destructive to a team. The Evil E’s are: Ego, Envy and Entitlement. Let’s start with Ego.  Everyone has an Ego; it’s natural and necessary, but it can grow out-of-control. When it causes a person to stop acting in the best interest of

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