Who are the Millennials? The millennials are the generation of children born between 1982 and 2002. The Millennials are said to be lazy, hard to work with and have been lulled into a false said of security by their parents growing up.
Millennials are unique. Simon Sinek highlights the reasons why in his talk about Millennials in the workplace on Inside IQ Quest. Sinek goes into great detail about why it is hard to have the Millennials in the workplace and why they struggle so much.
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The first thing Sinek discusses is the problem of parenting among the Millennial generation. Sinek talks about how they were “dealt a bad hand”. He believes the Millennials were rewarded for finishing last. Told that they could be anything they wanted and not thought real world values which leaves them unprepared for the real world.
The kids of the Millennial age were rewarded for failure, and that doesn’t happen in the real world. They are brought up with the belief that failure is okay. Failure is acceptable. I accept in some circumstances it is, but not to the extent that the parents of Millennials led them to believe. You can’t be rewarded for finishing last. It is unrealistic and stupid. This is one of the strong points of his argument that maybe can’t be seen in other generations before and after the Millennials.
Sinek then discusses technology, a topic he believes effects Millennials the most. He delves into what every man and woman seems to be, the effect of social media on relationships. Sinek discusses how over-usage of social media platforms have directly affected the Millennial generation. Dopamine is a chemical in our brain that releases when we are use cell-phones. During the talk Sinek addresses how we’ve all felt a “bit down” and “you send out 10 texts to 10 friends and hi, hi, hi, hi, because it feels good when you get a response.” Sinek professes that the introduction of cell-phones and the affect it has on our brain due to dopamine is one of the downfalls of the millennial era.
I agree with Sinek on this but I don’t believe it can be isolated to just the Millennial generation. Ever since the introduction of “social” ,media I believe the world has been anything but social. The world now looks down instead of up. Kids play with toy cars on phones instead of toy cars in real life. The days of your 8 year old son coming in at 9 O’clock covered from head to toe in muck have been traded for cut the rope and Facebook basketball on his Samsung tablet. I believe Sinek’s points are valid on this topic but the fact that he tried to isolate the problem to just the millennials is not fair. Maybe he could argue the millennials were the first to fall victim to the trend, but they are not the only ones to fall victim.
The next topic Sinek discusses can actually be closely linked to social media, Instant gratification. Sinek talks about the Millennials having the mentality that they can “get anything they want“, what is wrong with that mentality. You can have anything you want as long as you work hard at it. Anything. You want to be a footballer? Dedicate your life to it. You wanna be an astronaut? Be an astronaut. You can become anything you want as long as you work hard enough.
I disagree with the fact he talks about instant gratification in the workplace. I believe the likes of Facebook and Instagram allow us to have instant gratification due to the likes algorithm. If we’re feeling down we put up a picture on Instagram, ten likes later and we’re feeling good. If we’re feeling in any way horny we can have instant pleasure from porn. But in terms of in the workplace I believe it’s never been stronger. Look at what the last few generations have created, it’s the likes that have never been seen before. The workforce before now and after us is arguably the strongest and most driven the world has ever seen. I believe Sinek was wrong on this aspect of his argument, the first time I’ve disagreed with him.
Environment. The final frontier.
The last topic Sinek digs deep into. He believes the modern workforce is a bad place to throw the millennials in to. Agreed, but again we cannot just isolate it to the millennial generation. Today’s companies are only concerned about short term results, not long term. They focus on short term careers and only make them long term if they see success in the short term. An example is actually what recently happened in football. Leicester City won the league last year. First time in their 133 year history. Success. A year on Raneiri is sacked from the club. Leicester were only interested in short term success and actually sacked a man who would have given them continued success in the long term. It’s the way the world has evolved. Results are what are needed now. The days of failing 100 times and getting chance after chance are gone, you need to be on your game or and i’ll quote Derek from Stepbrothers here, “Your outty five thousand my friend”
I believe his talk should not have been centered around just the Millennials but rather the modern world as whole.His condescending tone throughout suggests he has some sort of negative disposition towards the Millennials. Everything he discusses about the Millennials can be seen in my generation.The loss of touch with our senses. The disappearance of the beauty of making relationships and the negativity that having a phone screen in front of your face scrolling monotonously down your news-feed until you find one slightly interesting thing that distracts you for five seconds. The Millennials are not the only ones to suffer from the negativities of this beautiful world. They are just a small minority of a large majority affected by this monsoon.