The millennial generation is keen to understand why they don’t succeed, in spite of their efforts. Why are they blamed for what they think and do?
And Simon Sinek is here to roll out all that is to be blamed for the wrongly titled narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused, and lazy millennial generation. He helps you acquire the behavior and thought pattern much needed to succeed in today’s scenario – be it at professional or personal level. He does not blame the millennial but the parenting, technology, impatience and environment they have been exposed to for their so-called unsocial behavior.
Too many millennials grew up subject to “failed parenting strategies.” Because of the upbringing of the extra liberal parents, all these kids have learnt is that they are the best and that they can get whatever they want, anytime and every time. As a result, their self-esteem has been endangered. Millennials were told they were special and could have anything they wanted in life.
If parenting was not enough, technology played the other major role of it’s in shaping the unsocial crowd of the technologically social era. The life as shown on Facebook, Instagram and many such social media platforms claim every life to be a bed of roses. But the fact is just opposite. Facebook makes it sound like everyone else is succeeding, which depresses people. Because of excessive and easy availability of cell phones and social media, the kids today have become addict to an extent that the increased number of likes, comments, fan following and texts on social media cheers their mood while a single unfriend notification turns traumatic for them. You have an entire generation with access to the numbing influence of dopamine through social media and smartphones. Kids today find respite in their social media world and their cell phones at the time of stress and anxiety instead of their parents and real friends. As a result, when these kids grow older, it’s hard for them to decipher the true meaning of their relationship, their friendship is superficial and they have friends who are there just for fun. And all this because these kids were never taught the skill sets of relationship. Actually, there is nothing wrong with technology, it’s the imbalanced use of technology in real life which costs time, money and relationship over a period of time thus worsening the life.
With every single activity taking the online form, the level of instant gratification amongst kids has increased to an extent that the need to learn the social coping mechanism has lost its value. Social media creates an expectation of instant gratification, but people at work can’t get that, so they give up quickly. Children fail to decipher the fact that matters of love, joy, job fulfilment require time and patience apart from social assistance and social skill set. No joy, be it professional or personal is attainable at the click of the cursor. This new generation needs to learn that love and job fulfilment requires patience.
Talking of profession, it’s sad to see the intelligent population at the mercy of the corporate giants who are more focused on their numbers than these kids, who prioritize their short-term success more than the long life of these kids and who emphasize more on years than a lifetime. As a result, these kids are distant from the wisdom of self-confidence, the strategies to overcome the challenges of the digital world, co-operation skills and work-life balance. And the worst part is that these kids blame themselves for their unattained success, which is very much untrue. The lack of leadership in companies is failing this generation.
Therefore, we need to work on our parenting skills, our balanced use of technology, learn the importance and need of patience and create an environment which is more tutoring than challenging for generations to come.