The Currency Of Age - Why Millennials Come Across As Entitled
“This generation. They are so…Entitled! They never want to work for anything.”
I wonder if the man I was working beside realized he was talking to me? Hmm.
That is my generation he is talking about. The millennial has a reputation for feeling more deserved than previous generations think they should feel. We apparently have not worked long enough, grinded hard enough, nor been knocked down enough rungs on the ladder. To some people, all we do is complain about having to do more while getting less.
The Game Of Life
Apparently the maxim is true. You have to pay to play. In the game of growing up we unlock the next level with a special type of currency. It's forged from years and experience. The harder the years and the grittier the experience the more valuable the currency is.
Job promotions, seasons of life, and levels of self-esteem and accomplishment are seemingly acquired through this bartering system. You trade your years for the right to do more, gain more, live more.
But every good game has a twist – something that makes it challenging and unique to each individual player. You see all years and experiences are not weighted equally. Two people can live the same life with only the tiniest of variants and wind up in different places.
This is the game. It's nature and nurture, and it causes frustration.
The Entitled Ones?
This is what we have been told from the beginning: Go to school. Get good grades. Put your mind to it and you can achieve anything. We were told this by the people we trusted the most – our parents, teachers, civic leaders. We believed you. But you did not tell us about the game.
All schools are not equal. All grades are not equal. All dreams are not equal.
We did what you told us to, then we entered the job market in one of the worst job economies ever experienced. We heard our parents and how they took jobs out of high school and college. The elder among us holds on longer to the jobs that their parents relinquished so they may taste success. We were told to believe and achieve and we found the world stacked against us.
So, yes, there is a quite a bit of disillusionment when there were no jobs when we graduated school. When the opportunities we were promised were no where to be found. Maybe that is why we are a bit cantankerous. You think we were entitled. We think we were hustled.
I can acknowledge the feelings as valid, but I cannot treat them as a valid excuse. So the deck is stacked against us. So what? The Apostle Paul told his young apprentice Timothy to not use age as an excuse to become an example for all to follow. We have the same mandate today.
Yeah, we did not get what we were promised. So what. Let’s use it as motivation to do what we know we can do. Achieving your goals in spite of the odds is the most valuable type of currency one can have today.
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