...136 days left until 2016.
May I encourage us
to wake up to the reality of life needing to move on...
...not just pass us by.
I’m not sure what I will say or do (he types with a wry smile on his olde face…) if I hear one more Boomer begin a sentence with, “Those Millennials…….” What too often follows is a series of not-well-disguised negative thoughts about this age group that is more than just on the horizon of our world.
They aRe here.
And I, for one, am deeply thankful they are!
All to often characterizations of this remarkable collective age of our world population have been defined in negative terms.
Millennials, as of today those who are 18-34, aRe the future of our world.
I find them longing to be engaged.
Longing to add value to our future.
Longing to be recognized and encouraged forward as they too (as have most all past generations…) take on meeting the future needs of our world.
Easily, 60% of LDG’s mentoring is with this this magnificent age group. They are inheriting (thanks to we olders…) a crazy, lopsided series of issues for cultures, countries and the future of their own children, grand children, great-grand children, great-great-grand children...well, you get the picture.......I hope.
The Pew Research Group has provided up-to-date statistics that all of us need to ponder. Whether you agree, or disagree, is not the issue here. There are important thoughts to ponder as the good people at Pew have arrived at some important thoughts for us all to consider...please click on this highlighted area and read on.
Are the Millennials different than my age group (I’m two years too olde to be a Boomer, thankfully), those Boomers, those ages to follow, etc.? Yes. Thankfully. Those Millennials need to be different.
Instead of putting this age group down with any minus thoughts, or slight sneers in the tone of one’s voice, might we choose to cheer them on as they the tackle the world we are leaving them?
The hunger in this group for whole-life mentoring is huge. They (like the rest of us…) long to be known, nurtured, encouraged and released. The best of mentoring does just that…….for each generation ahead of them…and for those generations already coming behind them.
I know, (confession is most often good for the soul...) I am on a bit of a rant here, but the Millennials I know are some of the most fascinating, gifted, creative, deep-hearted people on the planet. The Millennials I know and interact with day after welcome day? Well………..
Those Millennials aRe going to impact our world in ways that we olders can no longer impact it.
Those Millennials have so much going for them as they tackle life issues.
Those Millennials need us to encourage them forward.
Those Millennials aRe our future.
Those Millennials I know, and care about, are longing for the mentoring that only we olders can share with them.
Those Millennials are eager to be listened to, not talked at.
Those Millennials, just like you and me, hope to be enjoyed and engaged in meaning-filled dialogue.
Those aRe the Millennials I know.
Thanks-filled, to the max, am I for them!!!
I hope you are, as well………..
...and if not, I hope you will engage this age and cheer them on...soon!
...some fascinating research follows...should you have the time...
…here are some thoughts I found
from the Executive Office of the President of the United States:
The Council of Economic Adviser—15 Economic Facts About Millennials
Millennials are now the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S. population.
Millennials have been shaped by technology.
Millennials value community, family, and creativity in their work.
Millennials have invested in human capital more than previous generations.
College-going Millennials are more likely to study social science and applied fields.
As college enrollments grow, more students rely on loans to pay for post-secondary education.
Millennials are more likely to focus exclusively on studies instead of combining school and work.
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Millennials are much more likely to have health insurance coverage during their young adult years.
Millennials will contend with the effects of starting their careers during a historic downturn for years to come.
Investments in human capital are likely to have a substantial payoff for Millennials.
Working Millennials are staying with their early-career employers longer.
Millennial women have more labor market equality than previous generations.
Millennials tend to get married later than previous generations.
Millennials are less likely to be homeowners than young adults in previous generations.
College-educated Millennials have moved into urban areas faster than their less educated peers.
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...Wes "speaking" again...
God bless those Millennials...
...and all the rest of us!