I taught college law enforcement for 20 years, 13 years as program coordinator. My last year, a parent complained that I was the rudest person sheâ€™d ever met because I said NO. I said NO to her son, a grown man who wanted to be a police officer but couldnâ€™t call me himself to ask for a make-up exam for a missed make-up exam. He wanted special considerations to do what hundreds of other students were doing without special considerations but missed his chance for his first make-up exam.
My alleged offense was saying NO. I said NO to mom who acted as his agent. And I also said NO to her son, that he couldnâ€™t talk down to a secretary after he missed his first make-up date. I said NO that he didnâ€™t run the program after he tried to circumvent the process. And I said NO he couldnâ€™t re-schedule a makeup exam for a missed makeup exam. He ran out of chances. Heâ€™d been given a second chance but blew it.
I have been blessed to have taught thousands of decent, dedicated hard-working students who spilled their guts to earn a career. I was blessed to have been able to work in a profession that allowed me to make a direct impact on lives, minute-by-minute. But I donâ€™t miss anything about the profession because the balance was thrown out of whack â€“ the negatives outweighed the positives. The era of extreme entitlement changed my job into a day-care coordinator. I raised three daughters. I had no desire in raising hundreds of children who legally were classified as adult. I had no desire to contradict my beliefs for a paycheque, so I resigned instead of resigning my principles.
Every single lecture I taught included some part of my Earn the Right message. I never missed a chance to teach the most important lessons of all. Here are a few samples:
– You wonâ€™t get everything you want to moment you graduate. Nothing will be handed to you.
– You wonâ€™t be recruited like youâ€™re royalty. You will have to apply for jobs and fight hard to get them because thousands of other people want the same jobs.
– You will suffer setbacks.
– You will have to go through a tough struggle to survive
– If youâ€™re afraid of competition, you will never get what you want
– If youâ€™re afraid of struggle, you will never get where you want to go.
– If you are spoiled, you will crack under the pressure
– If you do get hired, you are not going to start at the top.
– If you get hired, you will not have company cars, company phones, or expense accounts.
– If you get hired, you will suffer more setbacks. Over and over again.
– If you get hired, you will have to grow up fast to survive
– If you get hired, criminals will not treat you special.
– If you get hired, you will actually have to work hard to earn the money that taxpayers
– If the reason you want to get hired is high-pay, benefits, pension, and prestige, your life will be hell.
– If youâ€™re weak, change. Or you will survive a Darwinism that will chew up the weak.
– If you get hired, give back more â€“ give the taxpayers more than theyâ€™re paying you.
– Treat people properly. Donâ€™t be a punk.
– When back-up is needed, drop everything. Get there.
– Getting hired is a privilege, not a right.