Thought processes and conduct are essential for success.
Lackadaisical, egocentric, unfocused, entitled. These are the characteristics that we (millennials) are accused of being.
How many people remember when they were little playing a sport and getting a participation metal? There is science which shows this devalues the reward for the hard-workers and actually makes the person who comes in last feel embarrassed because they know they didn’t deserve it. Or who had that classmate who would get into their honors class and get A’s, not because they deserved it, but because their parents complained. Those people have grown up subject to failed parenting strategies. They were told they were special all the time and they can have anything they want in life – just because they wanted it. This group of people become thrust into the real world and their self-image is fragmented.
Due to technology, everyone sounds like they have it figured out because of filters. A facade we put on, so that others don’t know we are actually struggling.
“You have an entire generation that has access to an addictive, numbing chemical, called dopamine, through social media and cellphones as they’re going through the high stress of adolescence. (Simon Sinek)”
Social media is preventing deep meaningful relationships. Many millennials will admit that most of their relationships are superficial. The reason that relationships are not there is because they don’t practice the skill set of building relationships and there is no coping mechanism for dealing with stress.
The problem isn’t social media and technology, but rather moderation of social media and technology. The imbalance is the problem. (Me)
When stress shows up, they turn to a device/social media for relief.
“If you’re sitting at dinner with your friends, and you’re texting somebody who’s not there, thats a problem. That’s an addiction. If your sitting in a meeting, with people your supposed to be listening to and speaking, and you put your phone on the table – face up or face down […] – that sends the subconscious message to the room that ‘you’re just not that important to me right now.’ (Simon Sinek)”
Then you add impatience. Millennials grow up in a world of instant gratification. Want to watch a movie? Netflix. TV show? BINGE. Need to buy something? Amazon prime next day delivery.Want to go on a date? Swipe right.
“Everything you want you can have instantaneously, […] except job satisfaction and strength of relationships. (Simon Sinek)
The things that matter take patience.
The group is put in an environment where the people care more about the numbers than the person. These environments aren’t helping Millennials:
- build their confidence
- learn the skills of cooperation
- overcome the challenges of the digital world and finding more balance
- overcome the need for instant gratification
- learn about the joys and impact in the fulfillment you get from working hard on something for a long time
Industry has a obligation to make up the deficit.
The lack of good leadership in our world today is a problem. Leaders aren’t born, they are made. (Me)
“The reason you take the [temptation] … away is because we cannot trust our willpower. […] when you remove the temptation it makes it a lot easier. (Simon Sinek)”
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