The world doesn’t owe you anything

As I get older and wiser, I think there is a real problem going on in the world today.

Hand 1030565 1920 (1)I feel like so many people walk around with a general sense of entitlement and it’s so damaging.

This truth might hurt, but the world doesn’t owe you anything.

That might sound harsh, but accepting that truth is essential in maximising your personal development and your financial situation.

The sooner you take responsibility for yourself and stop relying on others — like the government or your employer to take care of you — the sooner you can take control of your own financial future.

Depending on your background and perspective, this concept might sound scary.

I will tell you it’s not nearly as scary as hoping that your employer will show you loyalty when the market changes, or that you’ll be paid what your worth when things go well.

That’s a mirage and not at all secure

One of the most powerful things that will happen when you accept that no one is going to take care of you financially, is that you become more motivated to do something.

You begin to look closer at your financial situation, you start to notice your budget — how much you earn, how much you spend, and how much you pay in taxes, what your expenses are.

You take responsibility.

I know this was the case in my life and I hope you start to think the same way too.

Why this sense of entitlement?

I think this new sense of entitlement is partly because of the cushy ways in which children have been raised for the past few decades.  

When you consider that we live in what has been regularly ranked as the wealthiest country in the world it was surprising to find that half of our nation receives a government benefit of some sort.

Now I’m all for helping those with genuine need by giving them a hand up.

I I have always supported a range of charities for the needy.

But it seems that today there are more people not doing their share, waiting for those that do their share to provide for them.

In essence, they feel the world owes them something.

In fact, many people operate on the assumption that the world owes them a hot meal, a bed to sleep in, shoes, smart phones, and anything else we want simply because we exist.

Today some people do not want to work.

And if they do work, they don’t want to work too hard.

Nor do they want to work in jobs that are beneath them, or aside from their personal interests.

Call me old fashioned but…

I see children getting trophies just for showing up, lest we hurt someone’s feelings by admitting that one child is better than another.

Self ConfidenceChildren are not allowed to fail.

We can no longer separate the intelligent from the less intelligent, and are forced to make sure that every person fits into the same mould of life.

The world has a bullying problem that can no longer be solved by playground brawls.

In many ways, many people today are living their life as victims.

They are giving up their rights to choose, to succeed, and to create their own destiny by sitting back and waiting for the scrappy handouts that are left behind.

And then, with audacity — these same people feel they have the rights to complain about what they were given.

The problem of entitlement, is not one that will go away anytime soon

To Be Or Not To BeThe truth is that people need to realise that it is we, who owe the world.

We owe the world our talents, and our skill.

We owe the world our ability to take care of our planet, and we owe the world our efforts to make the planet a happier, safer place.

Until each and every person can get together and realise that within each of us, big and small, black or white, male or female, rich or poor — lies a responsibility to the world, things will only get worse.


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'The world doesn’t owe you anything' have 6 comments


    April 19, 2020 Bruce

    Greta article Michael – I work in a secondary school and see it a lot. “Those who do the work deserve the reward “



    December 18, 2018 Kim

    Love that article! So on the mark!



    December 18, 2018 Evan

    Michael I couldn’t agree more strongly with this article!


      Michael Yardney

      December 18, 2018 Michael Yardney

      Evan – thanks for the feedback – I was a little worried about publishing it – knowing it would offend some people – but clearly I’ve done the right thing


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