It still takes hard work – even if you are a Millennial

This great article on Medium called “An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…” by Stefanie Williams.

The first paragraph says it all “I felt it imperative to address your concerns and above all, your obvious need for financial assistance. It sounds like you’ve hit some real post Haitian earthquake style hard times, so maybe some advice will help while you drink the incredibly expensive bourbon you posted on your Instagram account and eat that bag of rice, which was the only other thing you could afford!”  It only gets better.

Stefanie goes on to explain she was let go from her first “real” job which was an office job in one of the worst time, just after the Lehmann Brothers crash, just prior to the serious economic downturn.  She took a job as a hostess, a low paying entry level job and worked her way up.

“All of this was afforded to me not in the first month I was working at a restaurant, but after I put in the hours, made the sacrifices and sucked up my pride in order to make ends meet and figure out what I wanted to do and how to do it. I gave up holidays with my family in order to work extra shifts and make the good tips. I put up with people making rude comments, assuming I was just a wanna-be actress, assuming I didn’t go to college, all to make money. ”

It is a fantastic article of two key points:

  1. I am as guilty as anyone, we are raising a bunch of kids who think they are owed the “niceties” their parents enjoy.  Why are we doing that?  I drive through the school parking lot and a large percentage of the cars driven by the students are nicer than mine, that would be wonderful if they went out and worked hard to buy it, but all too often parents just give it to them.  Why would you do that?  Worse yet – I am sure a good portion thing that a nice, new car is owed to them.  How did we turn the corner to entitlement with our kids?  What happened to earning things…its no wonder Talia from Stefanie’s article is buying high dollar booze and skipping out on her rent payment – its what she knows.

  2. There is something to be learned from any job you have, had or will have.  Its about how you approach the job which is the difference.  With Stefanie’s openness to learn (and the fact that she needed the money) she learned and grew at each stage of employment.  And even though she had to swallow her pride a couple of times – she came out the victor, and in my opinion a better person.

The biggest question to me is how do you instill this type of work-ethic in people.  I know my dad was a workaholic, and I have those tendencies.  Mine is more of a passion and enjoyment of what I do, I love it so much I don’t ever like to stop – slight difference, as my father needed to do it to pay the bills.

I can see the bad work ethics already in my 3 sons and I need to find a way to squelch it – its not good and I can see the future negative aspects of it already.