You think I'm f*cking with you? I am not f*cking with you. I have been noticing a very cancerous trend in this country. A trend that has even leaked onto WSO in many aspects, which is arguably filled with very ambitious and hardworking individuals, as we begin to see a lot of younger people entering the workforce or get a year or two of work experience under their belt.
That trend, of course, is that everyone is special. Everyone deserves to go to college, everyone deserves a good job, everyone simply deserves. It's total bullshit and it is a horrible trend that our parents' terrible generation has instilled in kids born in the 80s and 90s - the same generation that is now running this very country straight into the ground.
For those of you unaware, CFIC is from the movie Glengarry Glen Ross - a movie about sales guys. The truth bomb gets dropped during Alec Baldwin's eight minute speech in the movie and it has been one of the sayings I have strived to abide by since I was old enough to understand what it means. In its original context, it essentially meant you are not allowed to drink the company's coffee and waste its money if you aren't bringing in revenue. Translated further to everyday life, if you aren't adding value or cannot add value, nothing should be handed to you for free. So this brings me full circle to my original point: you don't deserve anything.
Take a moment to examine your life. Chances are you are in your 20s. What have you done, I mean really done, in your life so far that warrants you deserving anything? You went to college? Big shit - going to college nowadays is a meaningless rite of passage that has been diluted to the point of rendering it nearly useless. You worked a year in investment banking? Well, let's give you a standing ovation for slapping together a pitch-book, pasting nonsense in PowerPoint, and putting together amodel, none of which truly added value to anyone, anywhere - yet you probably gave yourself a big round of applause.
It's unfortunate, really, that our parents' generation has instilled in so many people that everyone is a winner, that everyone deserves something. Everyone is entitled to their cup of coffee. This simply isn't the case. You aren't entitled to shit. I for one am sick and god damn tired of seeing people walk around like the world owes them something. Because they went to college, they deserve a great job or millions of dollars. You spent a year on Wall Street, so you are entitled to a job in PE. What kind of fucked up thinking is this? You know who actually deserves stuff? The person that gets shit done, the guy that closes, the guy that adds value.
I had a conversation the other day with one of my brother's friends. The kid just graduated from a state school, is 22 years old, got a job in Big 4 audit and is making 50k a year. He was bitching about how he was getting screwed. How he was getting screwed. The kid hasn't done anything in life yet except prove that he is capable of passing meaningless tests in college, yet here he is, thinking he is entitled to more than 50k for a starting salary at 22. And let's not bullshit around here guys, a ton of you do it as well. What makes you think you are even worth bottom of the barrel pay for those iBanking jobs so many of you hold so near and dear? You haven't done anything in life yet. You haven't even shown that you are capable of doing anything in life yet.
I did not write this to belittle your college education, or your career path so far - rather, it should serve as a reminder not to fall into the typical path of your fellow American. Let's face it; due to our "everyone is special" line of thinking, this country is sinking hard. You need to strive daily to create and add value - do something that makes you valuable, that makes you unique, and that makes you important. Always be closing.
Mod Note: Best of WSO, this was originally posted October 2013