Last week’s The Job Hustle was an eye-opener in many ways.
My generation (the Millennials), has been taught that we don’t need to work hard to get to where we want. Think outside the box? “That was for Apple,” we say to ourselves while numbed by the glare of our iPhones. The same old tricks are supposed to work (I’ve fallen for that) and when things don’t pan out, crying ensues. We whine when we’re not congratulated for doing the bare minimum. Personal growth means moving an inch and then expecting a handout for running a mile. I must say, the majority of people from my generation are more entitled than I initially believed.
We indulged in the over-praising movement of the 1980’s, the current economic climate evokes a tantrum from even the best of us and to top the cake, we have to receive one last lecture about how we’re that not special:
If you’re a Millennial and you’re offended, I’m not surprised. If you’re angry, is it directed at yourself– or to somebody else? Do you really think you’re that unique in our cultural climate, when so many others are announcing that very same proclamation? Wake up people– and take the red pill with the Starbucks!
We are infected with the disease of Special Snowflakery, where one believes they shouldn’t, needn’t, couldn’t and won’t. Many Millennials simply don’t want to because they don’t want to. We’re in a state of constant denial and lamentation, but wonder why our situations can’t be improved. More disturbing is the underlying current of self-absorption and narcissism. Unfortunately, we’ve been taught to seek outside to develop ourselves, rather than developing true core principles and adopting values for the benefit of others. Industriousness was the virtue of our ancestors, whereas entitlement is ours.
A lot of us (including myself) were fed false promises and many Millennial women in particular were robbed of valuable teachings. Our mothers didn’t see the need because they lived in a time of “liberation,” without realizing they blindly fastened the shackles onto their daughters.
Yet…there comes a time where we can’t keep blaming the utopian ideals (or dystopian) of our Baby Boomer parents and have to take responsibility. It’s obvious the Millennials know how messed up the world is, but we are our own worst enemy.
Listen folks: We live in tough times and it’ll only get worse before it gets better. It’s time to take a leaf out of our great-grandparents’ book, roll up our sleeves, and do some heavy work. This isn’t pick and choose time because our life is our life– we can either work hard for all of it, or don’t work hard at all. If it isn’t clear the Millennials need to get out of their comfort zone, let me be crystal:
It may be dirty under your shoes, but don’t ever think it’s beneath you.