My Take on Millennials
I have been learning about, and analyzing Millennials for the last few years, and I agree with authors Howe & Strauss that Millennnials are pragmatic idealists.
We want to have it all, because we were taught to, because it makes sense to, and because it’s possible. Having it all does not mean a loaded bank account, a house, a spouse, 2.5 kids and climbing corporate ladders. We want enough money, a job that has a strong vision and flexibility, and good relationships. We want a chance to help bring about change to the many crises we are faced with. We expect innovation and cooperation in the many problems that need solving. We are willing to work to find balance, bring out the potential in ourselves, others, and the communities we live in.
Who are Millennials?
Millennial birth years are roughly 1982-2000, although experts vary on the exact year span. Other sources put the Millennial birth years at 1977-1998. Millennials are distinct from Boomer and GenX generations, and they are mostly children of Baby Boomers, and early GenXers. At best our best we are described as: positive, hard-working, team-players, high-achievers, community-oriented, respectful to authority. At worst we are: lazy, not risk-takers, coddled and immature, whiny- expecting “everything to just work out” in our lives.
Credit: My understanding of Millennials, and other generational studies comes from Millennials Rising, The Fourth Turning, and Generations by Neil Howe and William Strauss. Millennial Makeover and Millennial Momentum by Winograd and Hais, & PEW Research.
To understand the labels given to generations in certain posts, check out my synopsis of Howe & Strauss theory of Generational Cycles.