How To Get Rid Of The Entitlement Mentality In A Few Simple Steps

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Stephanie Shepard via The Burning Platform blog,

For years I’ve heard the media and experts spout off about how the country is doomed because of a entitlement mentality. This also extents to calling my generation a group of narcissists who can’t be bothered to set their phones down long enough to realize they’re driving into on coming traffic.

As much as I’d like to disagree with the full blown entitlement in our country or jump on the bandwagon, it’s not the entitled I blame. It’s the enablers who perpetuate this problem.

When campus brats were protesting against whatever SJW click-bait worthy issue of the month I kept asking myself a very simple question, “Where are the grown ups”? Why are the school administrators putting up with this crap? Why are they letting a bunch of nobodies destroy their University’s credibility?

Because they’re enablers too cowardly to do anything about it.

It took me awhile to understand the entitlement accusations. Partly because I was never exposed to such an extreme version of this mindset. Every young person is going to feel entitled until they have a enough life experiences to know better.

They’ll believe they deserve a job they didn’t earn because they have no idea how the person currently filling that position earned their job. They’ll feel they’re entitled to other people’s time because they don’t realize some people have a full to-do list of responsibilities and obligations. They’ll assume they can say or do whatever they wish until they’re met with real world consequences for their actions.

This is where enablers come in and ruin the day. See, when someone is being a jackass usually people don’t want to associate with them. Their behavior results in the natural consequence of, “To hell with this guy” and they stop interacting with them. Enablers disrupt the natural progression from actions to consequences.

Anytime an enabler coddles or tries to prevent people from experiencing natural consequences the entitlement mindset continues. It baffles me how far enablers will go to spare someone’s feelings and prevent them from experiencing natural consequences.

Tell Them “No”

Time to put on your best Nancy Reagan impression and just say “No”.

No, I won’t lend you money. No, I won’t work on my day off. No, you can’t borrow my car. No, I won’t babysit for you. No, I won’t bail you out of jail. No, I won’t wash the skid marks out of your underwear.

While saying “No” firmly and creating a boundary is a straightforward way of responding to being imposed upon, it does come with its own natural consequence. There’s a lot of people who aren’t used to being told “No” and will respond with a temper tantrum. Or they’ll give you the silent treatment for having the audacity of not jumping to their beat.

Move Out Of The Way

The easiest way to get rid of entitlement mentality is to step out of the way and let them jump off the cliff without the parachute.

You don’t have to try to reason with them about how jumping off a cliff is risky or jumping without a parachute is fatal.

Don’t Rescue Them

So you’ve let the know-it-all daredevil jump off the cliff and they’re still alive. By some miracle a bush like tree broke their fall. They’re bloodied, bruised, and hanging from a branch. But, they’re still alive. The next step is to not go searching for a ladder to get them down from the tree. After all, you might get sued for whatever bullshit reason. Call the paramedics and let them take care of their own problems.

Stepping aside and letting people suffer the consequences of their decisions is the only way to get rid of entitlement mentality.

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CoCosAB's picture

"Sears Canada Pays Execs Bonuses", indeed! These scoundrels execs and their bonus entitlement mentality... FUCK THEM, let's step out of the way and let them jump off the cliff without the parachute-bonus!!!

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Carlin said it was a very small club, and we ain't in it. One day we'll be glad we're not

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Good to see some good guys still out there

eforce's picture

Democracy is geared towards socialism, the best alternative is monarchy.

BennyBoy's picture


How To Get Rid Of The Entitlement Mentality In ONE Simple Step:

Get rid of the Defense department.

Oh, not those entitlements?!

strannick's picture

Great article. Had a customer tell me about the virtues of legalized drugs, victims of the legal system, ect. I met her entitlement point for point . Seems mostly people just nod along. She was astounded that a contrary position existed, and that someone would have the audacity to speak it to her

D Nyle's picture

Put Gun to Head, Pull Trigger------Problem Solved 


Their Already too far gone in Libtard land to Save

DinduNuffin's picture

good luck ... they rage when you try that

knukles's picture

When you tell them here's the deal or there's the door, they'll invariably fall for the deal.
What happens in most cases is that Mopsie and Popsie make the threat and then back off.  No enforcement and Junior knows he can push.
Grown ups indeed.
Here's the deal.  There's the door.  Make your choice.

dcmbuffy's picture

"heres your hat - whats your hurry"- was what i was told when i was threatening my parents when i was very young. the best one was when you said you weren't happy- 

"who asked ya?" or "join the party"- in retrospect- brilliant- at the time when your 10 /11 - not so funny. best parents in the world with a very happy childhood. 

Nekoti's picture

I like the rope and lamp post hypothesis. I do believe that the remaining 534 would be more ardent in the commission of their duties to the electors.

Ballin D's picture

Where are we going to send the half of the country who are on foodstamps or other welfare if they say no? The middle of the Atlantic ocean? I'm ok with that, just checking if you're ready for the reality of the situation.

slwsnowman40's picture

And then are given more, then they repeat the cycle.

Latina Lover's picture

Another way to get rid of the entitlement mentality would be to send USA feminists for a 'free' vacation in Saudi Arabia.  A bag over their ugly bodies and a full genital mutilation might convince them that Sharia isn't cool.

knukles's picture

CA Prog SJWJwhatever Guys should spend a few days wandering the souks. 
Just before the beheading, they'll be sure to tell Mohamed their impressions of the "religion of peace"

New_Meat's picture

mostly it just takes cutting off the right hand, and the message is received.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

There might be some like the lady in "Independence Day" who on top of the roof when everything got real bright and thought it was beautiful. Right before they got vaporized

brushhog's picture

Put them on the front lines. They want "equality", lets give it to them.

CRM114's picture

Equality is a fraud until women get drafted for combat duty.

Be good to see them breaking down the barriers of 98% male dominance of garbage and sewer careers also ;)

New_Meat's picture

McNamara tried this shit with the "Project 100,000"

How many "others" got killed in this social engineering?

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Quote of the Day: “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." ? J.K. Rowling - Author

Idaho potato head's picture

"Nothing noble to being superior to your fellow man, True nobility lies in being superior to your former self."

CRM114's picture

The trick, of course, is not to see others as your inferiors.

People will always mistreat those they consider to be their inferiors.

UselessEater's picture

The trick is of course not to be seen as (((inferior))), that might lead to questions as to why (((you))) are invited into a country and then 110 times and counting kicked out for EXACTLY the same reasons by many nations over centuries.

(((They))) always mistreat their hosts as if the host was the inferior. (((Losers))) blame EVERYONE ELSE.... just like dindunuffins wanting white tax donkey to serve them comfort, function, civilization and a free speech platform without getting their butts off the couch. They all jew and push black hate onto the whitey....ain't no whitey getting a free pass for centuries of being raped, slaughtered and enslaved in the MILLIONS with the help of the Black Ventian Nobility aka Synagogue of Satan by Mohammads' dudes. Ain't no whitey being proved innocewnt of jew owned slavery, drug and other horrific businesses that were always chartered under a soverign name...really folks, do some research whitey flies and the jew predates EVERY SINGLE TIME.

No one cares the jews slaughtered over 60 million in Russia alone, not even got to China, French and ME holocausts...oh I mean (((revolutions))) yeah righto........GO AND READ THE HISTORY THEY HATE TO ADMIT. You have the internet.

Or just follow the money...and exactly who does and (((does not))) go to jail 'cause their mates are re-writing your laws.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

I believe the point of the quote is not everyone does but by far the majority do or are prone to. However the ones in history that haven't are much more recognizable as a great human being

CRM114's picture

I believe that J K Rowling believes others are inferior. In her defense though, it's quite a common self-justification for suddenly acquired massive wealth. She could do a lot of good with that dosh, if she wanted.

allgoodmen's picture

JK Rowling. She's all enlightened and about income equality, except when it comes time for her to share *her* income with the less fortunate

VWAndy's picture

 Being grown up is not PC in any way. Its been outlawed for the most part.

XWeatherman's picture

Start with the Bankster-Fraudsters.

jamesmmu's picture
Democrats Across The Nation Are Opposing Laws Against FGM – It’s A Disgrace

XWeatherman's picture

Then go on through the Military Industrial Complex Death-Merchants.

Sonny Brakes's picture

Ask yourself who benefits from the entitlements? I don't mean those to whom they are given, but with whom are these entitlements spent. Is it the landlord? Is it the grocery store? Is it the utility companies? In other words, have a word with the people who are accepting entitlement money in exchange for the goods and services being consumed by the entitled? If those getting the entitlement stop receiving them, then those who rely on their business will have to apply for entitlement benefits too.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Great points it will be a domino effect

stormsailor's picture

your earned money has to compete with the entitlements in every facet of what you consume.  if the entitlements stop, corporate and welfare.  the deflation will be staggering. that 7.00 box of cereal at the grocery store will have to reprice down to about 3.00. because millions of buyers of it will have to have earned money to pay for it.  if they have to earn it they will not be able to buy it and real price discovery will occur.


there is a great deal written here about the student debt.  most minorities do not have student debt, they get pell grants that do not have to be paid back. if millions of free dollars are driven out of the universities and colleges then the same cycle would occur.  there are billions of dollars that have been pumped into minority groups over the last few years for programs no one ever hears about, case in point the "pigford" settlements now on it's 4th revision.


this country is animal farm, not capitalism.

Sonny Brakes's picture

Talk to those who spend their time getting paid to define exactly who is considered a minority. It would appear to me that, now that 95 million Americans have permanently been taxed out of the workforce, maybe the real minority is Joe Six Pack. Plus, our schools are all failing our students who, as the old euphemism went when folks were being let go in the past, are free to pursue other opportunities.

Twee Surgeon's picture

You have got that right, Sonny brakes.

Sonny Brakes's picture

Wait a minute. What if our earned wages also come from entitlements paid to large corporations that trickle down to us as wages. If governments at every level are operating in the red then isn't even the guys (gals) fixing the road also receiving a form of entitlement?

bloofer's picture

Probably more than half of the economic activity of the entire US derived from government conferred subsidy or monopoly. In my area, it appears to me that better than half of the people who having decent incomes are employed by the government or some government subsidized "business," or government monopoly.

So, yes. Looks to me like more than half of the employed people in the US are living on entitlements. And they get really pissy if you mention downsizing government.

mary mary's picture

That is correct.  The reason it is hard to get rid of the Welfare Warfare State is that it hires so many people.

Sonny Brakes's picture

So who are the US citizens that are asking the governments to pull up its socks and tighten up their pants? Won't everybody at some point, be asked to reach down deep into their pockets and cover the shortfall? The US government needs to do a telethon.

Clowns on Acid's picture

This is what $ 20 T deficits, Bank Holding compbany bail outs, and subsequent QE immoral policies result in. HOw many people actually know how the Fed works and how they printed $ 13 T out of thin feckin' air?

They don't...they just se the4 consequences and say6 "Where is mine" ? Logical question actually.  

Sonny Brakes's picture

I keep a close eye on the GDP and the 13 to 20 trillion hasn't shown up there. I wonder where it went? It seems to me if I were in business someone would be asking to see my books.

brushhog's picture

"Where are the grown ups?"

They are putting them up to it. They're not just "enabling", they are orchestrating it, using the young dupes to do their dirty work the same way they send young fools to die on the battlefield for their personal benefit.

Where do you think these kids are getting this crap? From their marxist professors who are using their position to manipulate dumb kids to fight for their personal political agenda.

snaphooker's picture

Aeren't the fincanciers that were holding the big bags of junk a few years back the truly entitled class? There was not much opposition to bailing them out.