“A Path to Success for the Millennials” By George Chanos
The Danger of Delusional Beliefs and a Sense of Entitlement
Delusional beliefs and a sense of entitlement are two incredibly destructive forces. Either one can prevent you from ever becoming successful or realizing your dreams.
Many people, from all generations, have a delusional sense of entitlement. Rather than accept personal responsibility, they think that someone else is responsible for them or they think that rules don’t apply to them.
We see it everywhere – the person who cuts in line, the person who takes more than their fair share, the person who expects or demands accommodation or assistance – all of these people suffer from a sense of entitlement.
If you suffer from either delusional beliefs or a sense of entitlement, and you don’t resolve to get past these maladies you will, without question, increase your likelihood of failure.
Who Are You and Who Do You Want to Be?
The important questions are: Who are you? How do you perceive yourself? How do others perceive you? Who do you want to be?
How you dress, your grooming, your posture, your eye contact, your demeanor, your attitude, your handshake, your table manners, how you speak, your phone manner, the format of your resume, the way you phrase a letter, your presence on social media, all affect the impression you make on others.
Think about how you may be perceived by others and about how you want to be perceived. Then, work with patience, humility and dedication, toward meriting the perception that you want and believe you deserve.
If you think you’re special – Stop! You’re not. Regardless how smart you think you are, you will not succeed without hard work, commitment, perseverance and a fidelity to core values. No one does and you are no exception!
Some Millennials see their parents – who are intelligent and successful people – and conclude that since they too are intelligent – they too will be successful.
What they don’t see is how hard their parents have had to work for their success.
Perhaps that’s because much of their parent’s hard work occurred before they were born or while they were too young to notice.
While the cause of their miscalculation may be uncertain, the flaw in their logic is unmistakable.
Intelligence alone does not guarantee success. Intelligence + hard work + core values (generally) = Success. Even then – there is no guarantee.
You have the ability to control your thoughts. Who you are is determined by how you think, how you act, how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you.
Decide who you want to be and then work toward becoming that person.
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