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.