I was reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson. A few chapters in he touched on the subject of entitlement. This spawned a great desire in me to share some of the overarching points that I resonated with. Overall, people are becoming more and more entitled. People believe that they “deserve” things, success, happiness, etc. They believe that they are destined to be extraordinary, famous, and an influence in the world. Because why wouldn’t they be? They are special. Wrong. As soon you feel like you are entitled to success, and that you are not merely average, you will never be great. A great person, a successful person, a truly extraordinary person only becomes extraordinary because they realize they are not. They don’t think of themselves as above average, and therefore they are humble enough to look stupid, to make mistakes, and learn and grow. By not being entitled, they carry the mindset that leads them to greatness. They do not let their ego stop them from creating. So to be extraordinary, realize that it’s hard, it is extremely hard, after all, if everyone could be extraordinary, then we would all only be ordinary. Then, realize that you must be willing to admit that you don’t deserve anything, and then use the desire to grow and learn and do to continuously progress yourself in a certain skill set. As soon as you realize that the mountain isn’t going to climb itself and that you have to earn your spot on the top…start climbing.
An infectious disease that yields mediocrity.