Today we hear so much about the Millennial Generation and like other groups they are pegged, stereotyped but mischaracterized in so many ways. Don’t get me wrong when it comes to much of the information the statisticians are pretty darn accurate. It’s when the talking heads start getting into work ethics and personality traits some of the exaggerations kick in.
Myth #1 Millennial’s are Lazy
Seriously? Lazy? Not hardly. Show me any other generation that runs on as much energy boosting drinks or caffeine if you can. I’m willing to bet you can’t. From an early age the M’s were busy. Few if any had much time while in school or the scheduled activities after school to be idle. Those that went on to college (which is most by the way) often did double time having to work full time while earning that degree. Once in the job market it isn’t uncommon for the M’s to hold down multiple jobs and still have an extremely active social life. Yes it is true M’s are social and do have lives outside the internet. They have taken the idea of multitasking to another level. Perhaps one could say they are millennialtasking and that is a far cry from being anywhere close to being lazy.
Myth #2 Millennial’s feel Overly Entitled
Once you skip past those that are soon to graduate college or university protesting for tuition debt breaks you find a significant amount of entrepreneurs with the M’s. Not satisfied to take the traditional path they fledge ideas into a business. Some by necessity but the majority of the M’s hang a shingle out of pure desire to be their own boss, controller of their own destiny and grab what’s left of the American dream while they still can. Hard to argue that an entrepreneur feels overly entitled. How can you when success in the market today requires an extreme amount of hustle. That would be a capital H as in Hard Work. Overly Entitled? Hardly.
Myth #3 Millennial’s don’t have Goals
This is almost laughable. No goals? Sorry but given so many are entrepreneurs and so many others systematically plan their working careers how on earth can anyone say they don’t have goals? Hey in the 70’s & 80’s sure. One would simple bounce around and over time decide “what I want to be/do when I grow up” but not the M’s. They typically have that answer soon on and jump on the direction from the get go. With the information super highway at their fingertips for so long why wouldn’t they? To some that’s just information overload and confusing. To the M’s that’s just part of the informational stream. Add to this another element of the M’s. If they jump into a segment of business of industry and find it’s not a true fit they are not afraid to make a change. Multiple changes in short order if and when they need to. In fact one of the most common goals of the M’s is to be happy. Happy at work, happy at play and simply enjoy life in general. After all they’ve seen the generations before them and the results of not having goals. Do the M’s set and achieve goals? Absolutely and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
Perhaps it’s a bit of jealousy from previous generations that push these silly myths. Maybe the naysayer’s need to take a page out of the M’s playbook and swim in the information overload so they can learn the facts. Yet that takes some effort and well that rocking chair on the porch bathed in the warm spring sun is so inviting. Rock away while thinking of labels that don’t exactly fit as some would want them to. Some that is…..
Maybe that’s why they are called Myths in the first place.