There’s this popular belief that millennials are always looking and wanting more.
The ungrateful selfish bunch.
Although millennials (like myself) aspire for change we also aspire for bigger and better things.
That boring routine: school, work, retirement really doesn’t resonate with us.
The know-it alls.
We don’t know it all but we do know what we want more than our parents did.
71% of American adults think that 18-29 year olds are selfish while 65% of them think they’re entitled. That’s according to the latest survey from Reason-Rupe Poll.
Here are 5 reasons why millennials are perceived as entitled:
Millennials don’t take shit from an employer.
They’re tech-savvy, well-rounded and aren’t looking for anything long-term. Employers who are hoping that millennials will stay with a business or company for 30 years should look the other way. Millennials are looking for an employer they can trust. They’re also looking for partnerships and a place to grow. And if it isn’t a fit well they don’t hesitate in calling it quits. They know their value and will never let an employer put them down. They don’t accept “that’s how it’s always been done” phrase. They strive for change.
ME before WE.
Millennials are waiting longer to get married— if marriage is still an option in 2017. They also view certain institutions and religious beliefs differently than older generations. Women hardly focus on getting pregnant by 25. Instead more and more women are in University with one goal in mind: keeping those pants on with a diploma in hand and a career in mind. The notion of living alone after college is normal for a millennial. We focus on getting our own personal stuff done and we’ll settle when we feel ready.
Life experiences are a priority.
That common belief of following that long path: school, work, retirement doesn’t resonate with millennials. They want real-life experiences. Travelling, meeting new people, gaining experience, creating memories is more of a priority. Millennials focus on life experiences with the notion that “we’ve only got one life to live” or more commonly used “YOLO”. And that’s the truth. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to end up like our parents (regretting) so we do what we want when we feel like it. What’s wrong with that?
Connected and informed more than ever.
We are connected: Internet high-speed, Wi-Fi coffee shops, smartphones, laptops, working from home… It’s all happening and we’re enjoying it. We constantly have access to information, entertainment, friends and connections. This has changed the way we interact, consumer content, browse, shop and work. It’s not that everything is at our fingertips we’re just able to make better decisions based on the information we have at our fingertips.
Living in the the present.
Do you have a savings account? A what? Exactly. Millennials don’t focus on keeping money in the bank. We like to spend. One can’t help but notice how many of them are placing a higher value on fulfillment and respect than on a steady paycheque and security. Millennials live day by day. They put their energy on pursuing dreams. Retirement will come… Eventually. But for now, let’s plan a trip, or invest in this, or buy those shoes, am I right?
Millennials have this joie de vivre that older generations envy. It took a few generations for us to realize that life is about connection and purpose. Those numbers in the bank don’t mean much if you aren’t happy. Our parents told us we’d do great things— and that’s what we’re about to prove… and we’re killing it!