In our last article, we talked about the golden generation: baby boomers. This mighty generation paved the way for our world as we know it today.
But with the passing of time, the requirements of the “world” they created are changing. The older generation has to adapt now more than ever.
And who better to learn from than from the people running the field of life today, the Millennials. Gone are the days were younger people only learn from their older peers. As much as we can inherit the wisdom of baby boomers, the older generation can also learn a thing or two with this infamous generation.
Adaptability to Rapid Change
The Millennials are born between the years 1981 to 1996. They are witness to rapid change. Let it be the death of the VHS and CD players to the dying concept of job security.
It is common to find students who graduated with hefty student loans only to be welcomed with the lack of job opportunities. A “rough start” is definitely an understatement.
But instead of sulking in the corner, Millennials are adaptable to these rapid changes. This current state might be one of the reasons for the rise of the freelancing world. If you can’t find companies to employ you, why not employ yourself?
Coupled with the swift evolution of technology, who would’ve thought that you could now earn a living in your bedroom? But then, this comfort is not held too lightly. The Millennials know that some “jobs” might not be existent in the future.
They are learning new skills and are open to new opportunities. Instead of fighting change, they embrace it. They adapt.
They Design Their Lives
Where can you find a more optimistic bunch? Even with the economy against them, the Millennials believe in their dreams. Instead of working for a job you don’t like and expecting their companies to take care of them in the future, they live their lives today and seek the greater good.
Contrary to the “lack of loyalty” image, Millennials jump across jobs to live their lives pursuing their passion, not just for the plain heck of it. They saw their older relatives working for their lives for a company, only to get retrenched because of a financial crisis. They don’t want the same regret.
They clamor for work-life balance. After all, you only have one life to live. Why spend most of it for someone else? It may be risky, but it’s better to get failure knowing that you tried rather than settling for a mediocre life.
They Value Experience vs. Things
Ever wonder why Millennials don’t have houses or a lot of material things. For those who can afford, they opt not to because they value experiences over things.
They don’t mind using Uber to save on car payments and maintenance. Owning real estate is also not an option. Tying yourself to long-term financial obligations will restrict their spending for “better things”.
The money saved can be used to buy experiences. This may be a money drain for some. But research suggests otherwise. Quite a number of studies suggest that buying experiences gives more happiness and contribute to better overall well being.
Given this relatively simplistic living does not deprive you of life. Instead, it will shield you from the hedonic treadmill. It helps you break free from the cycle of short-term happiness.
It lets you prioritize what is more important and what will make you truly happy in the long run.
To Sum Up
This is not a contest between different generations. With our society today, the unity of both strengths can give faster progress. If we can live within diversity in ideas, we can cover up each other’s weaknesses.
Ultimately, it will produce a better a society for the next generations to come.