I recently saw a tweet that said that Millennials are failing at life. Bit harsh. And I don't agree. Millennials are failing at handling failure. This is happening because they haven't been taught to fail often and to see it as part of the process. However, there's more to the situation than just failing at failure. Simon Sinek has best summed up the main issues facing Millennials right now, and the video in which he does this (see below) is worth a watch, regardless of your generation.
Millennials are expected to outnumber Boomers for the first time this year. This makes the 'Millennial Question' everyone's problem. Whether you are a Millennial, or you're the parent or even grandparent of Millennials, you need to be able to answer this question. But what is the Millennial Question?
In the video below, Simon Sinek breaks it down. I will outline the main points following the video if you don't have time to watch the whole thing. Before you watch this or read the notes... if you are a Millennial... please know that this is not criticism. This is an attempt to seek to understand things like the rising epidemic of narcissism in your generation. It's not just arrived out of nowhere. There are reasons, and there are things that you can do to help yourself and others with issues arising from not receiving what you needed to become resilient to this. I'm Gen X. We got screwed up too, in different ways. For us, we were invisible. Still are. That has a kinda-sorta opposite impact. Many of us are empaths, introverts, observers, deep thinkers, and prone to staring at our feet when we dance. But, it turns out that none of those things have as big of an impact on society in general, since we're a teeny tiny little generation. You, however, are a behemoth of a generation, so your personal issues will have a big impact as you become the largest generation.
Millennials are deemed by leaders in business to be: tough to manage, entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused, and lazy.
When they're asked what they want, and given what they say they want, they are still not happy. Sinek has identified this is due to missing pieces that are not in place for Millennials:
If you're a Millennial, and you're struggling with this stuff, stop defending. Stop jumping up and shouting when people raise it with you. Stop blaming yourself. Stop. Just acknowledge that society failed you - as it fails all generations in one way or another - and commit to taking control of the hand you were dealt and playing it more consciously going forward. Because, there is still time to learn what you missed.
If you're not a Millennial, stop using the term as an insult. If you're older than Millennials and you've never helped them with this then you're part of the problem. We learnt skills they don't have. It's not our duty to look down on them and judge them. It's our duty to lift them up and help them develop these skills too.
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