5 Ways Gen Y Can Rule


Know that you can take on the world but the world doesn’t owe you any­thing. Be en­ti­tled to your opin­ions but don’t make the mis­take that they’re the only ones worth lis­ten­ing to. Stop think­ing that ev­ery­thing is about you so stop get­ting of­fended by ev­ery lit­tle thing. Re­mem­ber that you don’t al­ways know ev­ery­thing. No­body does. Re­alise that if you want ev­ery­thing, you’re go­ing to have to work for it. Sim­ple as that. Har­vey’s con­clu­sion? As a group, he says, Gen Yers are char­ac­terised by a “very in­flated sense of self” that leads to “un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions” and, ul­ti­mately, “chronic dis­ap­point­ment.”

Where you might won­der, does this sense of priv­i­lege come from? En­ti­tle­ment “gets in­grained in the for­ma­tive years,” says Har­vey. “It stems from the self­es­teem move­ment, telling kids, ‘You’re great, you’re spe­cial,’” he says. How­ever, un­war­ranted praise only leads to un­in­tended rates of de­pres­sion when the ugly truth re­veals it­self to Gen Y work­ers that they’re re­ally not all that spe­cial.

It has come to a point that em­ploy­ers are afraid to rep­ri­mand their Gen Y staff for lousy work be­cause a wrong word will send them pack­ing or shat­ter their self­im­posed self-worth. What Gen Y fails to see is that not ev­ery­thing is about them.

This is a gen­er­a­tion that knew no wars or real hard­ship. Ev­ery­one gets a tro­phy at the foot­ball league. Re­al­ity shows like

and have taught them to re­peat the self-lift­ing mantra, “There are no losers”. If you don’t feel like you’ve lost any­thing, why try harder?

Com­mer­cial cul­ture, so­cial me­dia, and pop val­ues have turned this gen­er­a­tion into a fast-food gen­er­a­tion where al­most ev­ery­thing can be down­loaded. Noth­ing lasts, and ev­ery­thing can be re­placed. There’s no re­gret, re­morse or con­tri­tion when they slip up, be­cause even he­roes fail. And it’s OK to fail be­cause fail­ing makes you hu­man.

But what Gen Yers for­get is that as hu­mans, there should be a sense of ur­gency to progress, the need for great­ness, and the courage to carve and re­alise dreams be­cause the next gen­er­a­tion of youths will ride on the coat-tails of those dreams and last but not least, never aban­don the aware­ness that the hefty pay cheque that they so badly want does not come with any­thing less than a hefty work­load.

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