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Sense of Entitlement
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Saturday, September 08, 2012
Rebecca Droeger

Over 20 years ago, I remember thinking I was going to go out into the working world with the same opportunities my parents had.

I thought since I was extremely smart, and since I went to a vocational school for computerized accounting that I would land a great job right of high school and work my way through college. With my excellent grades a paid internship, and my years working as a softball pitching instructor/business manager, I thought employers would be knocking down my door to give me a good paying job.

So, when I moved to Colorado after my first year of college, I soon realized that I would need to work full-time and go to school full-time in order to make a decent income.  No part-time jobs existed that would take me where I wanted to go.

After a couple of months on the search for a job, I applied for my dream job of Office Manager with a land surveying company.  It was a full-service bookkeeping position that used all of the skills I had learned.

When I met the owner and he took me to lunch, we hit it off splendidly.  He was down-to-earth, had a great sense of humor, and was extremely friendly.

So, when he called to tell me that he offered the job to someone with more experience than me, I was devastated and completely blind-sided.  I was beside myself with grief and I couldn’t understand how he could turn me down.  I knew that the job was meant for me and I was meant to do the job.

He assured me that he thought I was an excellent candidate; however, he had to err on the side of caution and go with the person who had greater experience.

It was no consolation at the time.  It took me a good while to get over being turned down for that job.  I thought I had everything I needed in order for employers to offer me a great job opportunity; so I couldn’t understand why he turned me down.

Three months later, he called me back after the first person he hired did not work out.  He interviewed me again and offered me the job.  I gladly accepted and it wound up being a wonderful job while I lived there.  I was blessed to be working with wonderful people and doing what I loved all the while gaining great knowledge within the field.

Looking back on the whole thing, and after many years of experience in the accounting and business world since, I realized that he really took a chance on me.  I was only 20 at the time; and compared to the first person he hired, I was just a pup in the industry.

He was entrusting me to run the business side of his company, be responsible for handling all financial transactions and reporting; yet, I was so blind-sided by the fact that I was “trained” in the industry that I couldn’t see that there was no measure to see how responsible I really would be.

It took me a very long time to see that I had a sense of entitlement back then.  I was under the impression that all it took was talent in order to land the perfect job.  I had no clue that you really need to work your way up and gain wisdom along with trust to show that you could do what you claim you can do in an interview.  I expected that since I knew that I could do the job that the employer should just give it to me. 

Never mind all of the other 20 year-olds partying it up in college and showing up to class in their PJ’s, begging their folks for money just to buy peanut butter for the upcoming week.  I knew I wasn’t like that.  But what assurance did my prospective employer have?

It is that exact type of thinking that plagues many smart, talented 20-something’s today.  They see where their parents or grandparents end their life-time career while failing to see that they started working at that career, with the same company, right out of high school.

This line of thinking breeds a type of covetous behavior.  Where parents and grandparents wanted to give their kids more than what they had, the 20-something’s want what they had while they lived under their parents’ roof.

When they don’t get it, they cry foul; and the Democratic party is right there to capitalize on their woes by playing the class warfare game.

“You don’t have what the rich have.  They keep you down and make you take low-paying jobs while their living it up in the Bahamas.  Never mind that they’ve worked the last 40 years to get to that point.  Never mind that they’ve gone without to make sure you’ve got what you need.  Think of those really, really rich guys like Warren Buffet who pay less of percentage of taxes than his secretary does.  Think of that, then vote for us.”

Yep, it might even be tempting for a saved 20-something that sees inequality within the world and who is bombarded by the liberal media instead of the Word.  Especially ones who are wrapped up in the MTV, me-now generation and can only see the World’s sense of justice instead of God’s.

Proverbs  16:25  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

About Rebecca Droeger

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