Suddenly this video has started popping up in my feed. At first, I scrolled by it but then, sadly, I watched it. Aside from Mr. Tyler’s beautiful voice and flair for lyrics, I have to say it left me a little pissed off and I am not even a member of the Millennial generation.
That’s right, I am a GenXer. You remember Generation X, we were the ones the boomer’s called the “slackers”. Oh, and the Boomers? Tom Wolfe dubbed the 70’s the “Me Decade” because the Boomers were seen as so spoiled and self-absorbed.
Personally, I hated being labeled and pigeon-holed and stereotyped as a teen and I may hate it even more now. I am guessing when you were a teen/twenty-something, you didn’t want to be belittled either. Here’s the deal, fellow GenXers and people of the previous generations – If you are posting crap like this or making crap like this, YOU are part of the problem when it comes to everyone getting along and loving each other.
CUT IT OUT. Stop it. Please. For the love of God, leave the Millennials the eff alone. Stop projecting your negative attitude on these young adults. You sound like Clint Eastwood in Grand Torino. “You kids get off my lawn!”
I am not going to go into the above song line by line and refute it because that would be a waste of time except to say that the yoga pants wearing, inspirational quote posting, selfie taking, essential oil lady in the second verse sounds eerily similar at least half of the 30-50 something moms I know.
What I will do is link to some articles telling you why Millennials are awesome. I say go get ’em next generation. This GenXer is in your corner and I do believe that you can change the world for the better. Heck, you are already doing it.
Here’s an eye-opening statistic: In 2013, 34% of 25- to 32-year-olds held at least a bachelor’s degree, versus 25% of Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980) and 24% of Baby Boomers when they were at the same age, according to the Pew Research Center. And despite their greater numbers and the catastrophic job market during the past five years, those Millennial college grads were earning slightly more, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than Gen Xers did at the same age–a median of $45,500 in 2013, versus $43,663 in 1995, Pew calculates.
Maybe the real problem isn’t this generation — maybe it’s that the rest of us don’t manage them for greatness, for maximum effect. What we often forget is that this generational clash is a timeworn tale. Whatever side of the divide you’re on, it feels new. Yet it happens over and over — say, once a generation. And in the end, the kids will always win.
We don’t stand for discrimination and push for equality more than any other generation.
When it comes to becoming an entrepreneur, millennials are kicking butt and taking names. Our generation has grown up watching technology transform the way we live which ultimately has shown us that anything is possible. Over half of millennials are interested in starting their own company which makes a lot of sense considering so many companies we love were founded by our generation.³ Some of these include Facebook, Instagram, DropBox, Airbnb, Tumblr, Lyft, NastyGal, Groupon, WordPress, SnapChat, Tinder, and the list goes on.
Not millennial workers. With the pace of news, communication, and responsiveness nearly instant, that’s how they approach work. They know nothing else. Plus, they have the necessary tools to support them. Give a millennial employee a research assignment on your competitors and you’ll get the project back in 24 hours. Twenty years ago the same project might have taken a month to complete.
Stein writes that “Gary Stiteler, who has been an Army recruiter for about 15 years, is otherwise more impressed with millennials than any other group he’s worked with. ‘The generation that we enlisted when I first started recruiting was sort of do, do, do. This generation is think, think about it before you do it,’ he says. ‘This generation is three to four steps ahead. They’re coming in saying, ‘I want to do this, then when I’m done with this, I want to do this.'”
Ultimately, millennials believe that they deserve something better, and they’re not afraid to create it themselves — which is why they’re the “most threatening and exciting generation,” ever.
Taken together, these habits and tastes look less like narcissism than communalism. And its highest value isn’t self-promotion, but its opposite, empathy — an open-minded and -hearted connection to others.
So I say again to all you millennial would be world changers. Go out there and do your thing. This GenXer can’t wait to see you succeed. I am hopeful that you will be uniquely equipped to change the world for the better and finally be the generation who puts a stop to this silliness by encouraging and mentoring the Generation coming up after you.