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    26 year old millennial here. I specifically remember losing every single game one year in little league baseball and getting a trophy that said "FIRST PLACE"... something seemed wrong.
     
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    One of the best interviews on this topic, I have seen so far:
     
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    I had no idea that millennials were such victims!
     
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    There are no victims. Only volunteers.
     
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    I think it's kind of exciting to be here on the earth right now and take part in things. You can say we're all like squadrons. Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials! We all have our part to play! We can learn to work together or combat time.
    We're making history! We're making the future! We're the front lines for a new and better world, or disaster for our future generations. Everything built up must be torn down. That's just the natural process.

    Not the easiest thing for any of us. There's excitement, curiosity, anticipation, motivation, adventure, innovation, creation, but there's also knowing this is a challenge of a life time for everyone world-wide.

    We are the pioneers making history!


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2hPlmsj1R4
     
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    I'm technically a millennial (2nd year of the generation), but I only claim to be one when I need an excuse for my failures.
     
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    That is what I call plants that grow where they were not placed. "Hey guys, go take out all the volunteers this week..." :)
     
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    I agree that we are not special but it's basically true that we can be anything we want to be. That was true of previous generations as well though. It's just a parallel fact that the vast majority of the population lacks the drive to go out and become or achieve what they want out of life.
     
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    Hmmm, I disagree.

    A generation ago, if you wanted to write a book, you had to hope a publisher accepted you. Permission, needed. Today, you throw something up on Amazon.

    If you wanted to put on your own TV show, you had to get a broadcaster / media corp to accept you. Permission, needed. Today, you throw something up on YouTube.

    If you wanted to sell some product, you had to get a B&M store or distributor to accept your product. Permission, needed. Today you put it on your website and you have access to thousands, perhaps millions.

    If you wanted to learn something, you had to find a school or a teacher. Permission, cash, needed. Today, you find the class anywhere on the web, or in videos on YouTube. Permission, and cash, not needed.

    I can go on an on... but for ALL OF US (not just millenials) there is NO EXCUSE.

    Years ago, it was a permission based world for opportunity.

    That, for the most part, is GONE.
     
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    Can you not see the difference in work ethic and drive? It stands out to me like a black eye.
     
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    I see it as a partly causal relationship, work ethic stemming in part from a drive to succeed. Why does someone want to work hard? Do they just like to work? That might be the case for some, but I would submit that for the majority it is because of a drive to accomplish something important. The need to feel that your life has significance. Work is a big part of that for many.
     
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    I'll agree that the barriers to entry are much lower today in many areas and as such there is perhaps more opportunity than there has been in the past to become what you want to be. But the opportunities were still there as evidenced by the fact that there are plenty of rags to riches stories about people who went out and achieved their dreams (whatever they were) in every generation. It's just easier to separate yourself from the pack today if you are intelligent and competent.
     
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    Yes. To be the best and learn the most at what you do. That is what seems to be different.

    I don't even know why I made that statement about work ethic. It was never my intention to start a serious discussion here. Perhaps I was "triggered". :)
     
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    As a member of Generation Z I am triggered by your post because it hits me on a deep and uncomfortable level. The effort and work I have been putting into things isn't as high as I would like it to be.
     
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    First Off, loved the video! It cracked me up! Now to the seriousness that this thread has become...

    I am of millennial age but can't stand 90%+ of my generation. I don't care what excuse you give for why you are the way you are. You are now an adult and there is only one person who can change you... YOU!

    It's always excuses about how "rigged" the system is, how everything cost morenow, how the 99% are hoarding all the wealth, etc. etc. etc. My 5 year old makes excuses why she can't pick up her toys. When you make excuses why you "can't" do something, you sound just like a 5 year old.
     
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    In one sense, it is true that the system is rigged. But it's certainly not because of "muh capitalism!!!!11111"

    Even though I grew up on a council estate (or what I think you would call the projects in the US), I never thought I was owed anything, or that someone else should give me their "fair share". When I was a kid I used to say that the difference between here and America is that here, people will see a Porsche and vandalise it. "Who does that rich prick think he is?!" Whereas in America they'll say "wow, nice Porsche. I wonder how I can become like that guy?". The younger me always wanted to move to America someday.

    Apparently that America doesn't exist anymore.

    When I very occasionally visit home, the same losers are still doing the same exact loser things they were 20 years ago. My dad's neighbour is always down the local pub, completely wasted in the middle of the day. I don't think she's ever worked a day in her life. Entitlement is cancer.

    But back to the system. It might be rigged, but as MJ said it's also easier than ever to circumvent the same system. You don't even have to be an UNSCRIPTED Entrepreneur to do it.

    You can pick up a freelance skill and go and live in South East Asia, and live well working 10 hours a week.

    Or you could pick up a freelance skill and go and live in South East Asia, work 50 hours a week and save 80% of your income for a few years. You could leverage geo-arbitrage to live the fast-slowlane and retire in less than 10 years and live a minimalist lifestyle - if that's what you want. It's not for me but I totally get the appeal. It beats the hell out of being a cubicle jockey.

    You can learn ANYTHING YOU WANT. For FREE. Right here on this beautiful, wondrous internet thing.

    An old acquaintance of mine took to complaining on Faceache about how she wanted to be a writer and couldn't find any good jobs in writing. And how it was so unfair. In between bouts of gushing over Britain's new favourite Marxist politician. Last I checked she's still doing some menial job and complaining about how everything is unfair.

    What the hell are you doing with your evenings, if you want to be a writer so much? Are you WRITING?!?!?!

    Rhetorical question...

    Even IF the system is rigged. Even IF the odds are stacked against you. Even IF the greedy-banker-capitalist-pigs-bourgeoisie-fatcats-whatever-BS is "keeping you down". Who's more likely to get what they want out of life - the one who believes they can do it, or the one who's already decided they can't?

    On a non-ranty note, the very best millennials are busy creating a new and better world of freedom, opportunity and purpose. A world far greater than anything that's come before us. I'll drink to that.
     
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    Wow, I'd like to feature this but there are about 4 parts I'd like to feature!

    And this is my exact point -- decades ago she had a decent argument. If you wanted to write, you had to get a JOB or find a PUBLISHER -- in other words, you need PERMISSION to pursue your dream.

    Today you can write your heart's content, throw it on Amazon, at let the MARKET tell you you are GOOD or BAD. Permission, not required. The gatekeepers are dead.
     
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    I dunno about you all, but I feel like I was born in the right place at the right time... for me. Maybe my nieces and nephews who are much younger than I will have it better, but that's for them, not for me.

    It's harder for many people to do a lot of things, this is true. In many areas, house prices are out of reach for people making less than $100,000 a year (which is something like upper 10% of the population, not sure exact number). Youth unemployment or underemployment is very high and many places simply aren't hiring anymore.

    But entrepreneurship is easier than ever for millennials. There's a reason there's such a push towards entrepreneurship for millennials. A large subset of people I know who work jobs also have a side gig of some sort. People with problems are easier to find than ever. You don't even need to pay to find them: they'll post on Kijiji or Craigslist.

    If you're under 18 (so not really a millennial anymore, but inheriting the same fucking problems as us later millennials), you can live a freer life by (1) avoiding debt, (2) working for yourself, and (3) living below your means. Avoid debt, then you're no one's slave: just pay your taxes. Work for yourself, then you maintain control in your dealings: you pick your bosses and you pick your jobs. Live below your means, then you can use the money you save to take a risk building a Fastlane.
     
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    This is so real and is permeated throughout our culture. It is disgusting. It's a prime example of people waiting for life to happen to them. They are waiting for their knight in shining armor to come along and sweep them off their feet to trot away on the pure white horse into the sunset. They are the people who watch CNN for hours and then bitch about the President and think that their opinion matters. They are the people who stand on the street corners with their poster boards thinking anyone cares. It makes me sick how disrespectful and self-centered a lot of the younger generation have become.

    Also, Rep+ for Faceache. That gave me a laugh. I've unfollowed/blocked so many people on there because I can't stand their stupid, whining political rants.
     
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    My wife doesn't shut the HELL up about essential oils!
     
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    I find this whole millennial "next generation" type conundrum fascinating.

    As a milennial (24 y/o), I often admit that I sometimes feel out of place with my opinion on my generation.

    The millennial generation is indicative of the baby boomers. They raised us. So, when someone from that generation offers a relatively negative outlook on millennials, I find it hilarious. You raised this generation after all. You created their foundation.

    Now, I never received a "participant" trophy. Nobody ever coddled me. I lived in a hard-nose (competitive) world where if you didn't get it done, you sat on the bench (both literally and figuratively). It was like that up until college when I attended an extremely liberal school in an extremely liberal state - where opinions ran rampant and the victimhood mentality spread like a cancer.

    The truth is, many millennials are not in the "real world" yet. Many don't realize that there aren't any "trigger warnings" on the streets. They've been (and remain) in classrooms where they're safe from having their "feelings hurt" because "authority figures" allow it.

    Aside from the requests for societal handouts (healthcare, college tuition, etc.), awful taste in music, interest in digital forms of connectivity as opposed to in-person communication, and political "correctness" - this generation is really not that much different from those that precede and succeed it.

    And as more millennials enter the "real world," their beliefs will shift from a utopian society to the reality of our current world.
     
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    I'm reading this post during my lunch hour. I work as a freelancer and use the income to fund and grow my other businesses. At lunch time I always get slated by my colleagues. Whereas they go into the canteen and use the hour to talk about the weekend, complain about life or discuss a television programme I don't watch, I use this time to get on skype calls with my team and to talk them through what needs to be done, solve issues at-hand, or just to keep the team together.

    All fine by me, however I make the conscious choice to use my time productively. To use my time to better my circumstances in life.

    Same for my evenings/weekends. I choose to either work (and do that with 100% focus) or choose to use it as downtime with my girlfriend (again: focusing 100% on that then).

    At the end of the day, that puts me in the driver seat and makes me responsible for my life. I give purpose and direction to it and don't let external circumstances dictate how I feel. Whenever life kicks you in the nuts again, you learn to deal with it.
     
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    Thanks for featuring my post MJ!

    Spot on. And yet people like this would have us all live in a world where we need to grovel to the ordained and seek their permission to do absolutely anything. So long as the ordained keep the playpen stocked full of entertainment and booze.

    Terrifying.

    That's true. The flipside is, with decentralisation and remote working, there's no need to live in those areas anymore. And you'll always be in demand if you know how to solve problems. Entrepreneur or not.

    The curious trend I've observed over the years is, the more "educated" people get, the stupider and more incapable of solving problems they tend to become.

    All the cool kids move to cities live San Francisco, New York and London because that's what all the cool kids are doing. To me they're like black holes - traps to deprive you of your time, money and sanity whilst convincing you you're making it in the world.

    Survey after survey shows that Londoners are by far the most miserable of all people in the UK. And yet legions of people continue to throw themselves willingly into the meat grinder. The respectable ones with families spend thousands of pounds a year to endure a three or four hour round trip commute from the well-heeled but soulless commuter towns populated exclusively by other commuting zombies. Baffling.

    You are absolutely right sir. I used to get caught up in it before I realised it was a total waste of time and energy. Political people are almost always deeply unhappy people. I'm grateful that my mind is free and that I can now see it all for what it truly is - a theatrical production designed to dupe people into cheering for their own enslavement. But perhaps I'm in danger of veering into areas not for discussion on the forum.

    Thank you for the rep.

    You'll go far. I think I just gave you back the same rep you gave me, but hey. Awesome stuff!

    Now I think about it, there ought to be a rep tax! That way when we selfishly show appreciation for each others' contributions, we can give back to society by redistributing it to the exploited trolls and downtrodden spammers.
     
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