Howard Whittington | thbgcat

Online Home Business Entrepreneur - Bucking Up

Jun 22nd 2014 at 12:31 PM

One of the most detrimental 'habits' or 'traits' for

anyone doing anything is a sense of entitlement. Nobody owes

you anything other than what they have literally agreed to.

It is particularly harmful to people who are learning to

start their own business if they believe someone else is

responsible for their success or failure.


Being new, being computer illiterate, etc are not valid

excuses where we are entitled to someone else doing our work

(unless they have agreed specifically to do so or we are

paying them).  If we don't know something then we need to

learn it. 'Information is power' is certainly true, that

is if we use the information to take action. If there is

free training available certainly take advantage of it.  If

necessary pay for training through a community college

(online) or some other online resource that is free or



We must take responsibility for our own actions.  If we buy

something then we should understand everything about it -

what are the guarantees, refund policies, etc.  If the

purchase is a big one, then we are responsible to find out

what the reputation of the seller is. What are the features

and specifications? Do they meet our needs?


People seem to really have a sense of entitlement when

something has been given to them free, which is ironic.

Rather than to appreciate what has been given to them and to

use it fully to our benefit, we will demand that people

provide services or products that they have not offered once

we see they are givers. It says a lot about someone if they

are greedy and unappreciative.


If we are logical we will understand that in order to afford

to give their property away for free, that there must be

something in it that might possibly promote their business.

For example they give you something free if you will read

their newsletter or advertising (represent a prospective

sale) - or they give you something free with the hope that

you will upgrade the service or product which might result

in some income for their business.


Unless they say they are a charitable organization then you

might assume that they are in business to make money - just

like you hope to be. There is no crime in that and nobody

deserves to be called names or accused of anything for

trying to do business - as long as they are honest about



Entitlement can really get ugly if the person is not able to

achieve what they anticipated in the time they think is

reasonable.  Then they will blame their sponsor, the

program, the government, their parents, etc.  Never taking

responsibility themselves.


Starting a business is a gamble. If you know going in that

you are the one who is responsible to make it work and that

if it doesn't work then you are still the responsible

party, you will do much better with your business. This is

because for one thing being responsible gives you control.

As well, maybe the fact that you realize you are responsible

and have control will cause you to take the appropriate

actions necessary to make it work, rather than sitting back

and waiting for somebody else to do it.


About 'sitting back and waiting' this is a fatal error

under any circumstances with any business.  You need to be

engaged on a daily basis. Don't be fooled by pie in the sky

descriptions of home business or 'autopilot' - yes some

things are automatic but you are the one that needs to pay

attention to make sure it is working right, and to  promote

your business. You need to be very aware even if you are

paying someone to do something for you, that it is in fact

being done correctly and that there are statistics to prove

it. There is no such thing as 'wealth without work'.


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