Millennials are taking a lot of heat today. People say they are lazy, incompetent, and spoiled. We all hear about the ones who graduated from college, couldn’t find a job, then moved back in with mom and dad. Tried, failed, done. Many blame it on the economy, or that the older generation needs to step down and retire. Certain aspects of this can’t be denied, but lets look at what differs between the two generations.
The baby boomers were born into a prospering economy. Jobs were wide spread and money flowed from producer to consumer. Their knowledge came from their parents and those who they had contact with. Outside of that, they had books and teachers to educate them. There was no internet. They were brand loyal – Pepsi or Coke. Things were the way they were. A minimum of 40 hour work weeks were normal. Many took jobs that they hated just because it paid well. The almighty dollar reigned supreme. By working a job that they hated, the money provided them a life outside of work. This 1, 2, or 3 days of freedom was enough to justify the life that they wanted to live. Do your job that you hate so you can live the life you want.
The millennials were born into a prospering economy that soon deteriorated due to the housing market and people living beyond their means. Jobs became scarce after the recession, and the baby boomers held off retirement. Our knowledge came from them, but the real game changer came with the creation of the internet. We can google or youtube anything, and are quite proficient at it. I can diagnose my illness without going to the doctor. I can change the alternator in my car without paying a mechanic. Millennials are hybrids; we have all the best from our parents, but have more due to the advancements of technology and infinite access to information. Our dreams are bigger than working a full time job that we hate. 9 out of 10 people are unhappy with their jobs. They haven’t found their calling, they aren’t doing what they are meant to do.
A calling isn’t something you do just because you’re good at it. It’s not for the money. A calling is something that you were put on this earth to do. You are the one that needs to find it. More times than not, it will find you if you are willing to search. Don’t be afraid to admit to yourself what you want to be. It all starts with action.
Millennials aren’t brand loyal. We have an entrepreneurial spirit. We love the underdogs, the long shots. The problem is, most millennials haven’t woken up yet. They think it’s foolish to dream because there are 7 billion people in this world and there is no way to stand out. It’s impossible to start a business, write a book, or make a change. Maybe it used to be, but it’s not anymore. Now, you can write and publish a book, start an Etsy shop, learn a trade and start a business, or become a household youtube name. The possibilities are endless.
I value knowledge and experience above most things. I want to be a writer who can make a living doing what I love. I want to travel the world and stand where kings have stood. I want my spirit to be moved and I want to take my family with me. With all the information of mankind, and endless possibilities in this life, I ask you, what do you want?
Now what’s stopping you?
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