The “Pay Me” Mentality

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When I was younger, giving free shit away was the jam. Ironically, we didn’t have social media nor did we have streaming music services so giving shit away was a bit hard.

But then something happened in the last few years. It became a norm to pay for quality stuff.

$5 for a coffee.

$3 for a sticker.

$30 for a t-shirt.

Apple Music, Spotify, Netflix, Movie Pass, etc.

Asa creator, I’m not opposed to this at all but I’m wondering about the sudden change in the “fuck you, pay me” culture.

Of course, I want to be paid my worth but I’m also about the “podcasting” mentality where you release free episodes weekly and then sell things to people like show tickets, books, movies, etc.

It’s the “jab, jab, jab, right hook” model by Gary Vee.

Is it also a sense of entitlement?

Are kids growing up these days expecting something?

Much like that open letter to Yelp from a girl who worked in their customer service department. She thought she would move up and start writing “witty tweets” after a few months at the company.

Life obviously doesn’t work that way and I really don’t want people to think that is how it is in life.

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INFJ. Former tour manager. Geek. Soccer. Co-Founder of Mouth Off Network. Host of the Onward and Upward podcast. Freelance writer and digital media guy.

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