Introducing: Tough Love

In a discussion with my boss and co-worker, I educated them on the quarterlife crisis. They, being in generations older than me, were baffled that millennials – so lazy and entitled as we are – created a “crisis” to deal with not being able to find a job, being directionless, and taking our sweet time “figuring it out.” I talked about my struggles along the way of arriving where I am and that is how the idea of this blog feature came along.

I have had no professional training for giving you life and career advice. I’m starting this series because I’ve been there and am living life the best I can. My education on the subject comes from personal experience (days, weeks and months of living a crisis) and observation and reading many articles and books on how to make my life better. Figuring this stuff out isn’t a one-time fix. “Figuring it out” requires constant reminders to yourself about what you want to accomplish and what you want in life. There are days when what you want to be and do is as clear as crystal and other days, a few disappointments can lead you into an unsettling spiral of self-doubt. I know how it is!

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SXSW Recap: Millennials

One of my favorite sessions (speakers were dynamic and subject is always interesting) was Solving the Millennial Content Challenge with Jason Dorsey, Chief Strategy Officer of The Center For Generational Kinetics LLC, and Joseph Gagnon, SVP/GM/Cloud Solutions of Aspect Software. Both are experts in millennials research and strategies. Their presentation was specifically focused on U.S. millennials.
First, there were so many facts given about millennials. Here are some:

  • Millennials are those born in years 1977 through 1995. They are categorized in these years because they can process the 9/11 event.
  • By 2017, millennials will outspend baby boomers.
  • Millennials are the generation with the least established loyalty because for most big purchases, they haven’t had the opportunity to make a decision again. You can’t lose loyalty if you’ve never had it.
  • Millennials have the most diverse generation. They don’t see diversity until it’s absent.
  • Millennials are accomplishing societal “norms” (such as marriage) 3-5 years later than expected. By certain ages, they have different accumulated life experiences than previous generations.

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