Because of the factors we have been discussing over the last two weeks, Millennials don’t have the money to build the foundations for our futures that our parents had. We largely lack the applicable advice that past generations got from those who came before them. Despite this, I think that we are the most ambitious generation. Even with the odds stack against us, a shocking amount of us has achieved and still will achieve stellar feats that would have been thought impossible when our parents were born.
We see record-shattering Olympians like Simone Biles and Michael Phelps. We see superstar programmers like Cody James who are changing the future of aviation. We see teens founding dynamic companies like Mare, Biofire Technologies, Makotronic Enterprises, Mesa Foundry, Beam, and Averia Health Solutions (and that’s just from Forbe’s most recent 30 under 30).
Despite my numerous and well-founded complaints about the changes to higher education, my generation is easily the most well-educated generation ever to walk the Earth, to the point where we have made college degrees a standard to which higher skill workers are held.
In the face of every challenge we have created powerful and dynamic solutions; after all, necessity is the mother of invention, and because of this we have become the most inventive generation. Perhaps because of this trial by fire that we are all simultaneously experiencing, we have also grown much closer, and more compassionate towards one another than the generations prior. Could an idea like Kickstarter or Patreon have blossomed into the world-shaking successes they are today without the support of a generation that knows what it means to constantly struggle in the face of adversity? Every day we prove ourselves uniquely willing to help each other out if we think that it might foster a world-changing success. We donate or fund more people and organizations in the way than anyone before, despite having almost no disposable income to speak of, because we value compassion and the economy of great ideas over things.
With all of that being said, the next time you feel like telling a Millennial to get a job, how about instead telling them to make a job? Or, even better yet, tell them to make the world that they dream of, and when they tell you to visit their Kickstarter page the next time you see them, give them a much-needed handout. Because they may make the next job you really want to have.