I read a blog yesterday about 20 Things 20 Year Olds Don’t Get. It was a great article with some pretty good suggestions, so I wanted to give some insight to these thoughts from a 26 year old’s perspective. You can check out the original article HERE.
Time is Not a Limitless Commodity
I agree with this, but the author is missing a huge distinction here. The main one being that there are definitely millennials who are go getters and pursue achievement, and then there are those who feel that time is limitless.
You’re Talented, But Talent is Overrated
I’ve always said that everyone has ideas, but what sets the world changers a part are those that put ideas into action. I think the author is spot on with this. Talent is very important, but producing results, even failing sometimes gets you ahead in the game much quicker than banking on raw talent.
We’re More Productive in the Morning
Yes yes yes yes yes! Task management is a much needed skillset for millennials. Especially in an age where our working stations also double as our entertainment stations. Millennials must invest in good time management skills. Also, as humans, we are more alert, keen to making sharp decisions, and finishing “big projects” during this time frame. Always save things like emails and smaller minimal tasks for the afternoon, that doesn’t necessarily require all of your alerted attention
Social Media is Not a Career
Maybe….maybe not. Jury is still out. As of right now, yes, it is a job.
Pick Up the Phone
This is the top lesson I’ve learned over the years. Relational capital ALWAYS trumps interaction through a digital platform…ALWAYS. People give, invest, and buy into your vision, organization, and product because of people.
Be the First In & Last to Leave
Love this..20’s are the prime training ground for vocational direction, work ethic, and foundation. You have to have a go-getter attitude to get ahead.
Don’t Wait to Be Told What to Do
Take initiative, but don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes
Always do this. I believe it creates better buy in and trust from your employer and/or leader. I remember a task I had a few years ago in which I made a decision that my employer did not like. I took full responsibility without passing the buck and this created trust.
You Should Be Getting Your Butt Kicked
I disagree with this. Millennials don’t want to be micro-managed or bullied in the workforce. As a leader, if you’re kicking your millennial employees butt, I promise they will not produce on a quality level that may demand your customers quantity level of what they buy from you.
A New Job a Year Isn’t a Good Thing
Definitely a bad idea. Stay where you are
People Matter More Than Perks
I think millennials get this.
Map Effort to Your Professional Gain
Also…always envision the value of how what you are doing now, prepares for what you do in the future. I never liked being a stock boy at Fred’s Super Dollar Store when I was 16. But the lessons of work ethic then have definitely played into my work ethic now, 10 years later.
Speak Up, Not Out
Yes…your job is to always make the organization better, even addressing it’s faults and failures to the team, for the purpose of growth
You Have to Build Your Technical Chops
This is something that I struggle with personally, but very aware of when I look at resumes. I immediately take notice when I see photoshop, graphic design, etc.
Both the Size and Quality of Your Network Matter
Yep…I’ve heard it said that you’re network is your net-worth. It’s really all about relationships.
You Need at Least 3 Professional Mentors
Mentorship is huge! Always seek out people that you can learn from.
Pick an Idol and Act “As If”
I completely agree with finding people that you look up to and learn from their actions. This has been especially helpful for me in readings and more so along character issues, integrity, etc.
Read More Books, Fewer Tweets/Texts
If you want to be a leader, you got to be a reader. However, I would go even further and say read wide, and good content. Always pick up the older guys and gals books first before diving into the young bucks. Experience trumps theory.
Spend 25% Less Than You Make
Yes…budget budget budget. Dave Ramsey’s Resources are great and highly suggest them for millennials.
Your Reputation is Priceless, Don’t Damage It
I totally believe this. A reputation of integrity and good character goes a looooong way. It takes a while to build it, but it can crumble in one decision. Always choose character over charisma and short-cuts.
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