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

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.


strannick eforce Sat, 07/15/2017 - 02:31 Permalink

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

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dcmbuffy knukles Fri, 07/14/2017 - 19:37 Permalink

"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. 

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Latina Lover Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:49 Permalink

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.

UselessEater CRM114 Fri, 07/14/2017 - 20:26 Permalink

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.

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Sonny Brakes Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:56 Permalink

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.

stormsailor Sonny Brakes Fri, 07/14/2017 - 19:45 Permalink

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.

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Sonny Brakes stormsailor Fri, 07/14/2017 - 20:08 Permalink

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.

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bloofer Sonny Brakes Sat, 07/15/2017 - 06:21 Permalink

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.

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brushhog Fri, 07/14/2017 - 18:59 Permalink

"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.