May 8, 2012

Am I the only one noticing the 'I'm a Boss' mentality that is sweeping the nation? You know what I'm talking about. It's this idea that everyone thinks they're in charge and don't have to be a worker bee. It's as though there is no honor in being a worker bee or starting from humble beginnings. The primary victims appear to be the youth. It's like no one wants to start from the bottom and work their way up anymore. Remember when people had to start in the mailroom before they could reach the boardroom?  Well, that day is no more.  Everyone wants to come in at the top---hence the 'I'm a Boss' mantra.

Young people are so entitled these days.  Trust me; this is very weird coming from my mouth since technically I still qualify as a member of the very group in which I am speaking, but I can’t ignore what my eyes are telling me.

This generation should be called the Entitlement Generation because that’s exactly what it is. 

Young people, not all of them, feel as though they don’t have to work for anything.  A great deal of them feels as though they deserve success simply because of their existence not because they worked hard for it.  They come into a work environment thinking they have all the solutions.  Instead of trying to get a handle of their new surroundings, they immediately vent to everyone what’s wrong with the place and if they were in charge all the things they would do to make the place better.  I’m sure these types of people have existed in all generations, but for some reason this mindset has reached epidemic levels within this current generation.

I remember talking to a caller on my internet radio show who was considering a run for Congress.  During our conversation, he explained to me why he wanted to run.  It was during this portion of the conversation that his entitlement spirit crept up.

Instead of discussing his platform and how people would benefit from having him in office, he proceeded to talk about how ‘so-called’ Black Leaders had failed us and why it was time for the Jesse Jackson’s and Al Sharpton’s to step down and allow this new generation of leaders to take over.  I was completely amazed at his confidence but not at all shocked by his sentiments.

I may disagree with some of the actions of Jesse and Al, but who am I to tell them they need to stop doing what they do?  My success as a person is not predicated on the success or failure of another person, but that is not how this young brother saw those people who had come before him.  He didn’t see them as shoulders to stand on, but rather as obstacles in his way that needed to be removed in order for him to reach his destiny.  He felt entitled and he would damn anyone to stand in his way.

Now don’t get me wrong, this generation did not create themselves.  A lot of the blame can go to parents who were so busy trying to give their kids what they didn’t have that they forgot to give them what they did have and one of those things was respect for an honest day’s work.  In the words of many grandparents speaking about their grandchildren, “Their parents have made the soles of their feet and the palms of their hands soft.”

When I was growing up I didn’t understand this saying, but once I became a supervisor and the aunt of a teenage boy, I began to understand it very clearly.
Young people don’t know what it means to work hard, but yet all of them want to be a boss over something.

We glorify reality stars that are famous for doing absolutely nothing and we wonder why our children don’t value hard work.

We watch as entertainers constantly spout off about how ‘Scarface’ is their all time favorite movie while most of the popular rappers all name themselves after famous—or shall I say infamous---gangsters and then we wonder why the kids are obsessed with being a Boss.

A talented songstress gets gifted with an honor she obviously doesn’t qualify for, but because she is the reigning queen of the pop charts she receives the honor anyway.  And you wonder why so many kids just want to be famous.

Lord knows I can go on and on about this topic, but I would much rather hear what you have to say. 

Let me know what you think about the “I’m a Boss’ mentality.

What is up with that? Does anyone in value honest hard work anymore? I think this mindset has done a serious disservice to our children.


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