Not Your Fault
If you’re a Millennial (roughly between 18 and 25 years old), you’re probably sick of hearing about how your generation is self-involved, lazy, entitled, and so on. You’re probably sick of hearing how bad the economy is for your generation, and how you’ll never catch up to the standard of living achieved by your parents.
You may also be confused or mystified about what it takes to move out and up in the business world because no one has showed you the ropes, yet.
Thousands of young people just like you have passed through my office during the past two decades. They disliked being defined and pigeon-holed as Gen-Xers or Gen-Yers as much as you dislike being reduced to a spoiled brat sprawled on Mom and Dad’s sofa, failing to launch.
So let’s start with a clean slate. It’s not your fault that our economy was driven into a ditch, short-circuiting your dreams of super stardom right out of college. It’s not your fault your parents loved you so much they wanted to be there cheering you on and catching you every time you stumbled, trophy in hand. It’s not your fault they worked hard to give you the best of everything while tending their careers, and maybe didn’t have a lot of extra time to teach you how to balance a checkbook or write a resume.
In Your Hands
The past is not your fault, but the future is in your hands and no one else’s. You’ve got plenty of time and talent to learn what it means to behave like a professional and think like a champion; what it’s like to test your limits and discover new strengths and interests; and how to develop the confidence to shrug off those snarky comments about your generation and its supposed shortcomings. The future is yours to define. Define it. Take what you have and make something GREAT out of it!
Find out more in author John Wasserman's book No Shorts, Flip Flops, or Sunglasses and make a difference. Proceeds go to Children's Dyslexia Centers.
by John Wasserman
Proceeds benefit Children's Dyslexia Centers