7 life lessons people with a sense of entitlement need to learn

Ever met someone who acts like the world owes them everything? Yeah, me too.

It’s like everywhere you look, there’s someone who expects special treatment for doing the bare minimum.

It got me thinking—what’s the deal with entitlement, and what lessons do these folks really need to learn?

Today, that’s exactly what we’ll be exploring. Let’s dive into those lessons that could help anyone switch from feeling entitled to feeling grateful. Whether you’re here to learn for yourself or just to get some tips for dealing with that over-the-top friend, I’ve got you covered. 

1) The world doesn’t owe you anything

Let’s start with a little dose of reality. I remember when I was fresh out of college, expecting to land my dream job straight away. The world, after all, owed it to me. I’d worked hard, got good grades, and I was ready. But guess what? It didn’t happen.

It was a tough pill to swallow. But it was also one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned.

The world doesn’t owe us anything. We aren’t entitled to success just because we want it or feel we’ve earned it. It’s something we have to work for, often tirelessly and without immediate reward.

2) Relationships are a two-way street

One of my closest friends used to be notorious for this. She’d expect everyone to drop everything for her, but when the roles were reversed, she was often too busy or just not interested.

It took a major falling out for her to realize that relationships are give and take. You can’t just take all the time and give nothing back. It’s not fair, and it’s definitely not the way to build healthy relationships.

Listen up: people are more likely to help you if they feel valued and respected by you in return. It’s a two-way street, and if you don’t keep up your end of the deal, you might find yourself walking alone.

3) Entitlement can lead to dissatisfaction

In a study by psychologists at Case Western Reserve University, the harsh truth about entitlement was unveiled: those with a lofty sense of entitlement are destined for dissatisfaction.

What does that tell us? 

By clinging to unrealistic expectations and an inflated sense of self-worth, individuals steeped in entitlement find themselves trapped in a perpetual cycle of disappointment and discontentment. It’s a sobering reality check that challenges us to reassess our priorities and cultivate a mindset grounded in gratitude and humility.

4) Empathy is key

We all have our own battles, our own stories, and our own hardships. It’s easy to get caught up in our own world and forget that others are fighting their own battles too.

It’s not about who has it worse or who deserves more. It’s about understanding that everyone is going through something. Being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to feel their pain and their joy, that’s empathy.

And it’s something that can make us better human beings. It helps us connect with others on a deeper level and appreciate the struggles they are going through, making us less likely to feel entitled to something just because we feel we’ve had it tough.

5) You’re not always right

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I’ll admit it. I’ve been there. I used to think I was always right. My opinions were facts, and everyone else was just misinformed or misguided.

But then, one day, a very wise person told me something that changed my perspective completely. They said, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”

That hit me hard.

I realized that just because I believed something didn’t automatically make it true. It’s okay to be wrong. In fact, it’s more than okay – it’s essential. Being wrong allows us to learn, to grow, and to see things from a different perspective.  

6) Good things come to those who wait

One thing I’ve noticed about people with a sense of entitlement is that they often lack patience. They want everything right now, and waiting is not an option. But the truth is, life doesn’t always work that way.

Remember when you were a kid and you planted a seed in a cup? You watered it every day and waited for it to grow. It didn’t happen overnight, did it? It took time. Patience.

The same goes for life. Things take time to grow and develop. It’s frustrating, I know. But good things come to those who wait. So next time you’re feeling impatient, remind yourself that great things are worth waiting for.

7) Gratitude goes a long way

To the entitled, heed this crucial truth: gratitude holds the key to a fulfilling existence.

While entitlement breeds discontentment, embracing gratitude unlocks a world of abundance and satisfaction. Countless studies affirm its transformative power, showing how a grateful mindset correlates with increased happiness, resilience, and overall well-being.

By shifting focus from entitlement to gratitude, one transcends the limitations of selfish desires and cultivates a profound sense of appreciation for life’s blessings. It’s a simple yet profound shift in perspective that paves the path to genuine fulfillment and enriches every facet of existence.

Embrace gratitude, and watch as your world transforms before your eyes.

Final thoughts

Wrapping this up, it’s clear that shaking off a sense of entitlement isn’t just good for keeping the peace at family dinners or making friends at work; it’s about living a happier, more fulfilling life.

Learning these lessons isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

So, let’s aim to appreciate the small stuff, work hard for what we want, and remember that the world doesn’t owe us anything. By adopting a more grateful and humble approach to life, we can all get a lot closer to being the kind of person others love to be around.

Here’s to making that change, one small step at a time!

Mia Zhang

Mia Zhang

Mia Zhang blends Eastern and Western perspectives in her approach to self-improvement. Her writing explores the intersection of cultural identity and personal growth. Mia encourages readers to embrace their unique backgrounds as a source of strength and inspiration in their life journeys.

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