You Are Not Entitled to Anything

One of the mistakes people have early in their career is having a false sense of entitlement. This is more prevalent to those starting out their careers, but is also observed even among those well advanced in their career.

Let me make one thing clear: You are not entitled to anything.

Despite coming from top schools, having an MBA, worked at large companies before you are not entitled to anything.

This false sense of entitlement makes you look stupid and do stupid things in your career. Just because you are two years at the company doesn’t mean you are entitled for a promotion. Just because you have the longest tenure you can slack off. Just because you are the eldest mean you can boss people around.

Just because you graduated with honors from the top schools in the Philippines (or even abroad) doesn’t mean you are entitled to a higher salary. Just because you have an MBA degree doesn’t mean you can lord it over other people to make them feel inferior.

You are not part of the royal family. This is not your business as well. You are an employee of the company, the same as other employees in the company.

You have to earn something. Yes, your dad works in the company. Your mom knows the owner of the company. Your uncle is the senior vice-president of the company. It doesn’t matter.

Takeaway from this post? Work smart. Achieve results. Build relationships.

Ariel Lim

Ariel Lim

Management consultant / MBA / Inbound marketer who helps startups generate leads, create and execute strategies.

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