Are you from the entitlement generation? I am.

Entitlement generation: By definition, the group born between 1979 and 1994 who believe they are owed certain rights and benefits without further justification.

My date of birth: Aug. 13, 1991.

Fact: “It is suggested that Generation Y is reluctant to recognize authority, and unable to take criticism.” (source)MjAxMi1jMzE0OTljNzJhNzYyNjky

Fact: Millennials tend to be attention-seeking and arrogant, expecting constant praise and reward for doing not an awful lot, and lack respect for their elders.

Fact: It pains me to see my generation referred to as “the entitlement generation.”

Fact: It pains me even more to agree with the stereotype.

I know people that are doing big things. They are going to go far in life. I have friends that are going to be editors of big-city magazines and newspapers, that are going to be athletic trainers for MLB, that are going to be game-changers in their fields.

I also know people that want to be these things, but don’t want to do any work on their way to becoming them. That think that their way is always the best way; that they deserve more than they get and want to do as little work as possible.

I’ll admit I have my moments. There are some times that I think that everyone is out to get me, that nothing I can do is ever going to be right and that people don’t take me seriously. Admitting it is the first step, right?

For the most part, though, I take pride in the fact that I work hard, that I have goals that I will do anything to achieve and that I’m respected for the work that I’ve done and the person I’ve become.

There’s a quote that (surprisingly enough, is popular on blogs and social media, specifically posted by many people considered to be millennials) I really think sums up the mentality that people of all ages should have when it comes to their schoolwork, their careers and everything in general:

Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress.  Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.

If I were to give advice to those just starting their careers, or even just starting college, it would be these few notes:

Work hard. It’s when you put 110% in to the things you do that you’ll start seeing results that you want.

Don’t expect respect from others until you earn it. And on the same note, respect authority figures and those that have worked in your field longer than you. You have a lot to learn from them.

Become an information sponge. Take in all of the information that you possibly can so that you can apply it in real-world settings.

Don’t be afraid to ask for something you want or need, but don’t be pushy or demanding. And again, until you’ve put in 110%, don’t assume that you deserve whatever it is you’re asking for.

And finally, get to know the people around you. Creating positive relationships with your peers and coworkers makes life a lot easier in the long run.

Plus, a note from a friend: Choose a career you love. It’ll make all the difference.

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2 thoughts on “Are you from the entitlement generation? I am.

  1. goodstuffreviews says:

    Thanks for checking my student’s blog for our new publication (Emily’s “Welcome to Fall” on Elk Rock Review. FYI: Emily is only 15). I choose a career I love and it’s making all the difference. I’m teaching a class where we are going to publish a literary magazine that accepts submissions from anyone in the universe, would love to get some representation from your neck of the woods.

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