Have you ever noticed how people are less polite then they were years ago?
*Talking on the phone when checking out.
*Having a ME first/entitlement mentality.
*Lack of accountability when they make a mistake.
*Less social in general.
That is just a small list of what I see and it drives me crazy. I mean really, how busy and self involved can people really be? Sure there is a lot going on these days that didn’t happen in the past but it is not that different. People have always worked, kids have always had activities, yards/houses have always needed tended to and is the laundry ever really done!!
Phone use…Don’t get me wrong on this one. I have a smart phone, use a smart phone for texting, web surfing, calls, email, games, weather, etc. I also use the silence all sounds and ignore features. My voicemail says “For whatever reason, I can’t take your call right now so leave a message and I will return it when I get a chance.” What are the reasons I don’t take a call?? Busy with a customer, in line at the store, driving(most times), don’t want to talk to you at that moment and even the dreaded don’t have my phone on me. Same rules apply for your text.
A phone is a tool to be used to make your life easier. It is not there to be a ball and chain around your ankle. I grew up in the 70’s and was in college in the early 90’s. We didn’t have cell phones and I think we were better people for it. Now before you call me an old man hear me out. When you look the cashier in the eye when you are paying your bill you are showing them the respect they deserve. A clerk is not your slave or underling. They are doing a job to earn a paycheck. Have some courtesy. Phones are singlehandedly destroying personal interaction.
The other thing I often think about is the way this instant communication is ruining responsibility/promptness. Back in the dark ages if you made plans to meet people or made a work appointment you made sure you were there at the time agreed upon. You planned ahead and made these OTHER people and appointments a priority. Now if you’re running late because you got busy/ran late/didn’t plan you can just call or send a text saying you are “on the way”. “No biggie, just lost track of time” you say. Well if you do this on a regular basis(more than once every six months) then I think you’re a pompass ass. If I can make the arrangements to be somewhere on time then so can you. To be honest, you should be where you agree to be 15 minutes ahead of time so you are ready to go at the agreed upon time. Not finishing up that last text/email/call 5 minutes after you get there, which is already 15 minutes late.
The ME First/entitlement mentality….When did the words hard work and dedication become curse words? Why is having a high income a bad thing if you worked for it? I hope to one day be “one of the 1%”. I work in/own two Automotive Repair shops in Central Ohio and plan on doing everything I can to make myself and my employees as much money as possible while still being honest/ethical.
My parents paid for the first 2.5 years of my higher education and I wasted the opportunity drinking and having fun. In 1997 I went back to school because I was ready to move forward. This time it was on my own dime so I worked full time 3-11:30pm at a credit card call center(job chosen because they offered tuition reimbursement) and went to school full time during the day. I was married and became the Father of 2 boys during this time. I busted my ass for another 2ish years and earned a BS in Human Resource Management with a Business minor. 3.2 gpa (pats himself on the back) even. Got myself into the Automotive Repair world because I like the satisfaction of finishing a job and seeing the immediate results and also the problem solving involved in the industry. Had a guy take a chance on me because, “Anyone can learn to fix a car but you can’t learn to be a good person”. Fast forward 10 years and through hard work, risk taking and confidence I am now the owner of this business. What is the moral here? Work hard every day, take nothing for granted, you are not owed anything by anyone: treat people the way they should be treated and they will respect you and WANT to do business with you. If you are not offering anything worthwhile you should not get anything worthwhile.
Summary – YOU are not the most important person in the Universe, Planet, Country, State or City. Go out and get what you want in life instead of waiting for others to give you things. If you want luxury items then work hard to earn the money to buy them. If you want a more humble life then work toward that. NEVER expect anything just because. NO ONE is entitled to anything. You get what you deserve.
To Be Continued……….