A Sense of Professional Entitlement Will Never Lead to Success

by Joe Lavelle on July 26, 2009

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health insuranceWe have been hearing the word “entitlement” a lot in the media over the past week as President Barack Obama holds press conferences and travels across the country to promote his desire to revamp our nation’s health care system and make access to doctors and medical services available to every American.  The debate has been raging as to whether or not universal health care through the government is an important and legitimate need for our country or if it is, as opponents of the efforts would argue, another costly entitlement program that the government is not capable of running effectively.  I am not going to argue one side or the other of this controversial debate topic on my blog.  However, the terminology does bring up another subject about which I will share my expertise … entitlement in the workplace.

In my forthcoming book, Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail, I offer the idea that operating with a sense of entitlement in your current position is poisonous for those around you as well as for your own professional future.  If you believe that you are entitled to a salary or a promotion simply because you have shown up on time and put in a certain number of months or years with a company, you carry the wrong attitude.  If you operate under the assumption that your job is safe simply because of who you are, you may be very disappointed by that next visit into your boss’ office.  We are not owed anything simply for showing up.

You need to take responsibility and personal accountability two of your basic priorities in any position.  Be open to the idea that you do not know everything about the company for which you are working and that there are always steps you can take to improve your standing in the eyes of the employer.  Take the time to learn why a company is struggling or that co-workers are losing their jobs and then suggest improvements for the team.  Reflect on what you contribute every day that you walk into your office and publicly acknowledge your shortcomings.  Showing a true desire to better yourself and not just expecting success to fall in your lap will make a huge difference in your happiness and career momentum.

Act As It Were Impossible to Fail will be available this fall.  In this book, you will find many proven suggestions that will lead to accelerated career growth and greater financial reward.  I also offer personal coaching sessions for professionals, and would love to discuss how I might help me.  Please contact me and let’s have that first conversation today!

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