I’ve been listening to the NPR podcast How I Built This recently. The episode with Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, is my favorite so far. The entire episode is fascinating, but what Nolan has to say about entitlement (at the 42:20 mark) stood out to me.
There is nothing worse than feeling like you are invincible and really cool and entitled. Being entitled is probably the ugliest thing that a person can be—because all of a sudden it’s not what you do, it’s who you are. People who rely on who they are, as opposed to what they do, become very banal.