Millennials are lazy. Millennials are unambitious. Unmotivated. Don’t dream big. Wrong. In fact, we do just the opposite. We do have goals, most of us do have drive, and we absolutely do think big picture. But that’s the problem.
Growing up in a world with social media went something like this. Wake up, pull up twitter, & see that girl and her boyfriend posing cutely and all in love at breakfast. Go about your day. Go to school, pull up Instagram, and see that blogger on a beach in Greece with the perfect bikini body. Go about your day. Get in bed, pull up Snapchat, and see Kylie Jenner in her new G-wagon, riding around with her best friends. Go to sleep. We grew up constantly being bombarded with success and again, that is the problem.
Us Millennials have grown up seeing the outcome of hard work, but not seeing the time, effort, dedication, blood, sweat, sacrifice, tears, and much more that it took to get people to that success. Social media is a platform where people share their success, brag about their accomplishments, and show off the amenities that have come with it. Unfortunately for Millennials, social media is our reality. And the problem is that our reality isn’t actually reality at all, it’s an extreme version of it. And because we didn’t grow up seeing the hard work that it takes for us to reach our career and life goals, we have a hard time getting there.
My generation has made the following phrase their motto: “play hard, work later.” But when did we forget that work and play go hand and hand? You can’t do one without the other. We have become the generation of optimism and confidence in the future, but neglect to do anything about the present to get us there. We think we have all the time in the world to get our careers started, and that is the problem. That is why we are deemed lazy or unmotivated. We dream up our end goal, but don’t figure out our plan and take the steps that are necessary to reaching it.
Wake up, friends. That travel blogger didn’t get handed that plane ticket, that fitness guru didn’t get that body by dreaming about it, and your parents didn’t land their jobs by hoping for it. They worked for it. They made a game plan. If you want that life you see on social media, you have to work for it. Email industry professionals. Learn from people. Read books on your field of interest. Make new connections. Reach out. Explore all of your options and be smart about the opportunities you take. Nothing just falls in your lap, so stop expecting. Only you can create your own opportunities and only you can get the life you want. Stop waiting, stop acting entitled to success, stop putting life off, and take control. We are young, let’s take advantage of that.