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People and their sense of entitlement!

I am loosely basing this on the youth in my country Botswana. As the youth of Botswana we seem to have a great sense of entitlement that has shredded up all our energies and care to give off great customer service as well as a professional work ethic.

Most of the blue collar jobs in my country are occupied by graduates who pretty much stumbled upon that particular job as a favor from an aunt, uncle or even a friend; so they feel hard done due to perhaps lower wages and continue to have the mentality of “I’m just here to collect those peanuts as a means to maintain myself while looking for something worthy of me”. This mentality is good in a sense as it shows that one craves for growth and improvement but the youth here milk it to the last drop; it ends up distracting them in giving their current jobs a hundred percent of their focus.

They then fail to do what they are actually paid to do; which is their jobs! We all know that with success comes hard work and you need to be your absolute best at what you have to do in order to actually be recognized. Most companies look at the attitude and personality of an individual as well as the effort put in when considering their permanent role in the company; more so in terms of promotions and salary increments. I could never understand where this strong crippling sense of entitlement comes from; it has always left me puzzled!

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j2jworkz wrote on February 3, 2015, 9:42 AM

Professional work ethics do seem to be lacking these days, unfortunately.

elles-belles wrote on February 3, 2015, 10:54 AM

It's all very sad because there are so many unemployed people out there who would give up an arm to have some of those jobs that people don't seem to care about!

Lushlala wrote on February 3, 2015, 1:26 PM

Hello elles-belles, fellow Motswana here :) It's such a sad state of affairs! Botswana is really lacking in this area, and we need to have it looked into as a matter of urgency!

JeanC wrote on February 4, 2015, 12:06 AM

It is a world wide phenomena emoticon :sad: I think it is because kids get things so easily these days, esp in countries like the US where parents want their kids to have everything they want because they felt deprived as children. Luckily tho, there are still plenty of young people who are well grounded and will hopefully raise the next generation to not be so self-entitled.

elles-belles wrote on February 4, 2015, 7:08 AM

Hey Lushlala, it's great to see a fellow Motswana on such a platform as this! I hope that with more people raising concerns and voicing out their opinions we will actually get to addressing this situation!
JeanC; I honestly also hope that those few young people that know that for one to get somewhere they need to work hard will influence the next generation. It would be terrible if the world was filled with people who feel that they are owed something by someone and have an I don't care attitude! I also agree with you that this kind of attitude amongst the youth is spurred on by parents, who over compensate for how they grew up by crippling their children.