I’ve heard it all about generation ‘Y’. We’re lazy, entitled, narcissistic and selfish. Our older employers and employees seem to find some sort of self gratification in expressing their negative thoughts on the terrible, sometimes terrifying ‘state’ of Millennials. It’s laughable to me.
I remember watching the now infamous Simon Sinek interview earlier this year. I watched in amazement as he broke down why he more or less feels Millennials are doomed. It was like a presidential campaign interview where the candidate was against 27 year old Snap Chat founder and college dropout, Evan Spiegal.
One thing Simon mentioned that stood out for me was that he believed ‘a whole generation [are] going through life not finding joy’, and he blamed this on Millennials inability to have patience. I wonder where Evan would be if he just patiently completed his degree? Hmmm?
Well to put quite simply, in this day and age as a Millennial, what exactly do you gain from patience in your career? I can only talk from a London perspective – NOTHING.
Millennials, can not afford (and I mean this in the literal and figurative sense) to be patient when it comes to their careers. It’s a classic case of the privileged being blind to the limitations of those outside their group. Privileged, being the older generation X and beyond.
For a start, we apologise that we were not fortunate enough to attend university at a time when education was an entitlement rather than a privilege.
We apologise that after spending a fortune in further education we expect some sort of return in investment.
We apologise that after racking up 10s of 1000s in debt, we simply expect that within a few years we’d have an annual income that was maybe more than our student loan.
We apologise that whilst you Gen X and Baby Boomers were comfortably purchasing homes at the age of 21, we entitled Millennials were and are barely think of purchasing a new mattress to live comfortably in our shared rented apartment of 5 at 29.
We apologise that whilst in your twenties you were happily thinking about settling down; possibly marriage and a family, simply because life offered you that option, we selfish Millennials can’t even settle ourselves let alone consider the option of familyhood – so why not self indulge huh?
We apologise that due to this increase in living costs, we are simply desperate to move up the ladder so we can make enough money to even consider climbing the property ladder. It’s not about patience Simon, it’s about desperation.
We apologise that whilst you grew up in the age of major corporations running the show, we Millennials have been shown more ways to become a millionaire, billionaire or straight up ‘in-the-aire’ with our innovative enterprises and contributions to society. Yes, our role models are the start up kings and Queens, as opposed to the CEO’s and MD’s who push out pay checks, without ever paying a check-in visit.
We apologise that the bubble has POPPED! And suddenly, with the information age, we Millennials have discovered our worth, we are flooded with insights into our spirituality and wellbeing, we are motivated, we are encouraged, we are AWAKE!
Politicians will continue to increase tuition fees. Cost of living will continue to rise at record speed. No, the dodgy banks will not be penalised and the Elite will continue to be handed the silver-spoon. So why would we wait our turn, why would we slow our roll, why would we not ask for a raise, why would we sit patiently whilst the entitled decide our destiny? No – Millennials continue to move, continue to run and most importantly, don’t slow down.
On your marks, get set, GO! – The Millennials are on a race to the top!