Why People Are Wrong About Millennials
by Alex Charfen
“Millennials are the worst generation. They’re lazy, unmotivated, disconnected, and they want a trophy for everything they do.”
At my events, I always seem to talk with people who express this opinion, and they’re usually having trouble finding the right talent to join their team. It’s common for them to associate this problem with the current generation (Millennials).
But there’s a problem with this line of thinking – it’s complete garbage.
The Generational Phenomenon
See, there’s a generational phenomenon that repeats itself every couple of years, and it’s always been fascinating to watch. Older generations consistently disparage the younger generation. Even though they’re proven wrong time and time again, the cycle continues to repeat itself.
As people get older, they tend to become less pliable, less open, and less connected to how the world is changing. This causes them to view the younger generation as out of touch with the way the world works. But the truth is, younger generations see the world in a new and different way.
This is something that the most successful people, billionaires, and world-changers, have always understood. If you want to see how the world is evolving, you have to listen to the people who are seeing it from a fresh perspective.
Yes, of course, there are plenty of Millennials who are lazy complainers. My generation had lazy complainers too. Every generation has had them.
But that’s not to say that every generation is the same. There is something different about Millennials that I haven’t seen in past generations. It’s something I’ve realized from hours of working with them at CHARFEN.
Millennials Want Work That Matters
What I realized is – it’s not that Millennials don’t want to work, they just don’t want to do work that doesn’t matter. But if you provide them with a vision and a purpose, if you show them how their skills can contribute to the team’s overall goals, you won’t be able to get them out of the office.
I’ve seen this firsthand when I had a young team member literally cry after I told them I was shutting the office down for Christmas Eve.
I’ve seen countless entrepreneurs fail to give their team members the vision, transparency, support, and trust they need to thrive and contribute to their roles.
Change your thinking a little bit, and you’ll be surprised by the results you can get.
P.S. – The Millennial generation is filled with Entrepreneurial Personality Types (EPTs). If you want help understanding them and yourself better, grab a free copy of my book. Just cover the cost of shipping and handling!