“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary” – Mark Twain
With thanks to Mr. Clemens for the quote, this page may shed light on who I am; I’m the one running around behind the scenes making this blog.
I’m also a member of the Millennials/Gen Y/Echoboomers/etc.
That being said, I’d like to dispel the notion that some of us in the Millennial generation are not up to putting in the time needed to get things done. I may be slightly biased in my assessment, but based on the amount of knowledge, hours of homework, extracurriculars, and time spent on the job, we’re the dynamo the world needs to be productive again. We’re never afraid or lazy if we truly believe in something, but we also want to be present for the other important parts of our lives.
As for being narcissistic, [puts down mirror] my generation is the latest step in development on the timeline of history. This allows certain advantages to those who have been in societies where resources allowed focus beyond daily subsistence. Looking back to the ancient worlds and accomplishments, perhaps Millennials are the philosophers and dreamers of the next great age. Every parent who worked to make the world better for their child, has been working for a world where we can pursue advancement, knowledge, and fulfillment. Our global reach makes connections and human interactions seem a little less personal, but don’t count us out as being without empathy and meaningful relationships. Generation Y will find ways to unplug and stay balanced. Remember that the only constant is change, and Generation Y is a result of all the generations that have preceded.
I recently saw an aphorism attributed to an anonymous source that said:
“Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, live to make your absence felt.”
I’m not writing to boost my ego; I just felt an absence of a unified message for Gen Y. It may be hard to fully represent all parts of my generation, but we deserve to be taken seriously. And I’d bet that most Millennials want to make a better world by doing good work. We understand that everyone can’t be basking in the spotlight, so we will work, live, and love, and help others to see how we can be such an integral part of the mix before our time on Earth is done.
– Joseph is a member of Generation Y, living and blogging in the greater New York City area. All content, rights, and copyrights reserved by the author/creator of the intellectual property. Any reproduction or use of this content must be properly attributed and have full written permission from the author/creator.