I’m Hot, I’m Entitled… Or so I thought…

As an 18-year-old, I was convinced that my good looks were not just a superficial advantage but a ticket to success in every aspect of life, including the professional world. My friend, let’s call him Alex, had recently landed a job at a local retail store. I was thrilled for him, but deep down, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I deserved that position more than he did. After all, I had always been complimented on my appearance, and I was confident that my charm and charisma would outshine his.

As days passed, I couldn’t help but compare myself to Alex. He wasn’t conventionally attractive like me, and yet he was the one with the job. I found myself growing resentful, wondering why someone like him was chosen over someone like me. I believed that my good looks should have automatically granted me opportunities, including that job.

One day, fueled by my sense of entitlement, I decided to confront Alex about it. I masked my jealousy with false concern, asking him how he managed to secure the position. His response was simple yet profound. He talked about his dedication, hard work, and the effort he had put into preparing for the interview. He spoke about his genuine interest in the job and his eagerness to learn and grow within the company.

As he spoke, I realized the stark contrast between his attitude and my own entitlement. While I was busy relying on my looks and expecting things to fall into my lap, Alex was actively working towards his goals. It was a humbling moment for me, a realization that my appearance alone wasn’t enough to guarantee success. I had underestimated the value of hard work, dedication, and perseverance.

From that day on, I vowed to change my mindset. I understood that entitlement was not only unattractive but also detrimental to personal growth. I started to focus on developing my skills, honing my abilities, and working hard to achieve my goals. I learned that success is earned through effort and determination, not entitlement.

Looking back, I’m grateful for that humbling experience. It taught me a valuable lesson about the importance of humility, hard work, and gratitude. I no longer rely solely on my looks to get ahead in life. Instead, I embrace the journey of self-improvement and strive to earn my success through merit and dedication.

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