There’s something about being part of a large company that drives feelings of entitlement. You feel entitled to your lunch break, entitled to cheap health insurance, entitled to an annual raise. At a higher level, large companies feel entitled to certain treatment by the community, their vendors, even their clients.
It’s one of the big reasons I like small. Small, aggressive companies are constantly working to prove themselves and gain the conditions the larger companies feel they’ve already earned.
Small companies feel entitled to very little. It’s an advantage.
Whether you’re a blogger feeling entitled to a link or a developer feeling that an outside partner owes you any amount of ongoing work (outside of existing agreements,) it should serve as a warning that you’re going soft.
Feeling entitled to just about anything (your opinion and a fair trial in the US excluded) is bad. It means you’ve given up trying to earn it.