Millennials often get a bad rap in the press. They've been called lazy, pessimistic, and spoiled, but these sweeping statements couldn't be farther from the truth. This savvy generation has proved all its critics wrong, and the statistics don't lie. Millennials are saving more than any other generation, are already planning for their retirement, are staying married longer than their parents, and science says they're even happier than most adults. In a recent Inc. article, Gen-Xer Bill Murphy said he's hired many of them since launching his business in 2014 (they actually outnumber the other generations), and he wants everyone to "stop whining about millennials." In fact, he believes the bad habits we complain about are "actually kind of brilliant." Scroll down to read some of the smart things successful millennials do (that we should do, too).
If you really want to be rich, then you have to work hard for it, unless you're one of the lucky few who were born into wealth. But for most of us, it's perseverance and a lot of blood, sweat, and sometimes tears. Bill says more millennials are entrepreneurial than previous generations, either working for themselves under their own business or freelancing and perfecting the art of the side hustle. So thinking of themselves has actually been a benefit instead of a detriment for millennials.
There's never been a time when technology wasn't a part of their lives, so it makes sense that they use it for everything. And Bill says this is a good thing. "It's a gigantic advantage that many of them don't even realize," he said. "Embracing technology isn't just about learning to use it. It's about loving it—making it second nature." So instead of criticizing millennials for their tech obsession, we should "accept it and learn to love it," because it will only help us excel.
By definition, being sensitive is when someone gets "easily upset by the things that people think or say about (them)," and Bill says being "super sensitive" is a common generalization about millennials. This is seen in the workplace as "requiring constant positive feedback and praise." But maybe it's time other generations become more sensitive. Bill adds, "If you channel sensitivity correctly, you can understand people better, and that can make you much more successful in dealing with them."
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