I’m a Millennial. Depending on which articles you read, that’s either a really great thing or a really terrible thing. We Millennials get a bad rap for being entitled and whiny and in need of constant approval, but I’m of the mindset that a few bad apples ruined it for the bunch. As a Millennial, I think my peers are wildly creative, adventurous, and unapologetically passionate.
Millennials are assets to any workplace they enter, and they’re damn good entrepreneurial candidates. Why? Let me tell you about the advantages of being a Millennial, especially when breaking out onto the business scene.
We’re not afraid to hustle.
I’d venture to say that out of my friends and acquaintances who have “real jobs,” at least half of them have a side passion project where they’re testing the entrepreneurial waters. That means they’re working for their secure paychecks from nine to five, and then they go home to work some more. We Millennials crave projects that energize and excite us, and we’re more than willing to create those opportunities for ourselves.
We have a new definition of work/life balance.
Millennials have no qualms about longer work days if it means that we have the freedom to work when we want to work. Give a Millennial a choice to leave the office at 3:00 p.m. with the option to work on her projects from home (in her sweatpants whilst watching The Bachelor) and you’ll have one loyal, motivated, and productive employee.
We dream big.
Sure, some Millennials’ idea of “big dream” is a six-figure paycheck right out of college, but I think we can all agree that every generation has their fair share of delusional folk, right? For most Millennials, nothing is impossible; we take rejections and roadblocks as challenges to utilize our networks, to ask new questions, and to live outside the box.
We’re fluent in technology.
Most Millennials have had an email address since grade school and don’t remember life without the Internet. We’ve grown up with the ever-evolving world of technology, and as such, it’s second nature to us. We’re excited by technology and fully embrace how it makes our jobs (and lives) easier.
A surefire way to make a Millennial’s skin crawl is to utter The Worst Sentence of All Time: “It’s always been done this way.” While our older counterparts tend to balk at change, we’re terrified of a stagnant culture. As such, we’re always searching for and working toward self and professional improvement.
To the Millennials out there who don’t believe that “everyone gets a trophy” and who view the world as your oyster, I’m here to tell you that you rock. You’re part of the generation that knows hard work and hustle, and your own definition of success will take you wherever it is you dare to go.