Our Frightening Reality with the Trophy Generation

Recently, I have been interviewing individuals for an entry level job and it is frightening me.  Unlike the Wannaprenures I have been encountering, these individuals are straight out of college.  The applicants, like their MBA Brethren, were all rewarded as children for trying and not succeeding.

Maybe this went over well in school and in sports, and does help build an individuals’ confidence, however it is a true disservice to them.  People need to learn failure, understand how to go after something and work their ass off until they get it.  Instead of thinking that someone will give me what I want and if someone else is getting it then so should I.

The Trophy Generation Problem is Bigger than The Job

I am scared to be entering a time period where these individuals will be attempting to run our businesses, banks, government etc.  Think about this for a minute – everyone should be on an equal playing field (sound familiar) – those that don’t bust their asses get handed the same pay and reward as those that do. If you fail I will still give you a raise, if you don’t have a job we will still give you money.

I want to blame the whole Occupy Wall Street protest based on this mindset, but that really seems to be  byproduct of the thought process.  If you look back at any interview during that time, no one really knew what they were protesting or how to get their point across.  They just wanted what others had and couldn’t figure out how to get it, so like a little kid they kicked their feet, made a lot of noise, and eventually gave up.  This video sums up how I feel about that event:

One of the many things I will teach my child is that for the most part if you fail, there is likely no reward for trying, and if you fail you should bust your ass until you succeed.  You should be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that success however you may define it.

No one is going to just hand you something for free.  You will need to prove your worth.  I am a firm believer in prove yourself first and reap the benefits later; something none of the candidates I interviewed believed in.  They wanted a high salary because someone else had it, they wanted a senior title because they felt they deserved.  None of their demands were based on a proven track record, but rather someone telling them they deserved it.


Adam Carolla sums it all up for us:

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