All Millennial's, Y's, X's and New Gen Techs Are Lazy & Never Want To Learn Anything Except Gaming

Greg Manager Wilmington, Delaware Posted   Latest   Edited  

This myth is one of society's making. 

"Anyone younger is lazy and doesn't care. They really don't want to work!". 

It's one of the most over hyped statements (and myths) in the world that dogs our own advancements as professionals. We can complain about our younger ones forever just like our parents and their parents did. What did it do? Well, if we look carefully and respectfully, each generation advanced our technology, created news ways to learn, made our lifestyles easier and basically changed our world. That's not being lazy. That's being freakin' awesome. And you know what? We (old heads, Boomers, whatever) should count us in that mix as well. 

I really didn't have to learn too much about how each generation will navigate the worlds waters. I simply recalled what I put my dad through and what my own 29 year old son and 27 year old son-in-law are doing to me now that they're part of the business. It's called, Challenge, and I have to accept it because they are hungry, motivated and ready to make their mark. Just like me, like you and like all before us. So for survival purposes, unlearning is mandatory. 

So, the next time someone proclaims our younger ones are good for nothing more than a game of Pong and sitting around playing LP's while getting stoned, give that illegal smile and tell them it's all just a myth. 

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Agreed Greg. Jacqueline, my youngest of two daughters, is a Millennial and has worked since she was 14 years old. She earned her Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology and works for the local health authority in hospitals, has a second position in a private school and also has her own private practice. She and her husband are also in the middle of preparing to open a new cross fit gym

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Matthew Technician
Lawrence, Massachusetts
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Even as a Millennial myself I sometimes believe this. I see my peers punching a clock 9 to 5 and complaining about it the whole time. That being said, I have a 17 year old co-op student from the local tech high school who is eager to learn and get his hands dirty. This is common of every generation: some are lazy and some are highly motivated. It's the human condition.

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Craig Manager
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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As an "elder millennial" (born in 83) I've witnessed countless stories of hard work and struggle among my contemporaries. My senior year of high school began with 9-11-2001. We entered adulthood precisely when the world flipped its lid. Bought homes or finished college when the floor fell out from the banks and the housing bubble burst. Entered careers in a world that had a term "too big

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Hi Craig. It really isn't and wasn't that much different across the generations. The fact is that we "Baby Boomers" …, 1952 in my case , also experienced significant challenges during our lives. When I was little, the world and England in particular (where I was born and raised), was still recovering and rebuilding from WWII a few years earlier. It was a busy time when resources were

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Craig Manager
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Working towards a history major in college I developed a deep interest and understanding for what multiple generations accomplished (or didn't), and why. So I don't subscribe to a notion that one generation had some intrinsic fault or .. for that matter, that there was anything that made the "greatest generation" intrinsically great. We just build on the lessons and learn to make better

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