“Time and time again it’s our boss who fails us, not the other way around,” my friend’s husband said last Sunday as we sipped on wine and stuffed our faces with homemade bread.
We are all millennials trying to find our place in this world. We feel like we’re running behind in almost every aspect such as relationships, jobs, etc.
In May 2016, I heard myself say that on screen at the My Millennial Life premiere. According to the director Maureen Judge, within the first few years of graduation, as a millennial, you’ll go through 7 jobs. You see, not all millennials are “lazy, entitled, spoiled.” Sure – some of us are that way due to how we were raised and our attitudes, but you cannot lump every single millennials into that group.
I am a hard worker who is dedicated and will follow the rules and go with the flow. You’ll find that I keep to myself because I simply don’t feel the need to gossip. Whenever I’ve obtained a job, I always end up engrossing myself in the work and stay busy. Some may call me “quiet” and my lack of communication is frustrating, but if I need you, I’ll ask. I’m not one to just stay in your office for an hour chatting about another co-worker.
The issue is since most millennials are lazy and feel privileged, our whole generation gets this reputation. I have always worked my a** off. I don’t care if you don’t agree with my work ethic, that’s how I’ve always been.
To re-visit what my friend’s husband said, it’s true. Most of our bosses will disappoint or underwhelm us, so we start our own business, which is what my husband did. He’s had bad luck with bosses, so becoming an entrepreneur was the direction he headed.
Millennials don’t want to be stick in 9-5 jobs simply because it gets boring and redundant. Sitting in a chair in front of a computer may get to you and in that case, starting a business is the only way you’ll find your happiness. Honestly, finding happiness is more important than earning a s*** ton of money.
Think about it.
Why would you want to work for an unappreciative boss? Why wouldn’t you want to work for yourself? You can set your own schedule and promote a business that you’ve started from the ground up. It’s an exciting endeavor to break into and I commend anyone who is willing to make the leap. So what if it takes time to establish yourself, it will be so worth it in the end.
Maybe you don’t have enough money to start something. But, once you build up enough funds, I’d say go for it and bust your a***. Let’s change people’s perception of millennials work ethic.
Two years ago when I filmed “My Millennial Life” in my parents house, I was confused and unhappy. I was working at a dead end job with horrible bosses who never appreciated me as a worker. Now, I’m happily married with two dogs living in a state I love. To look back at myself from then and now is night and day.
I’ve grown as a person and have become stronger. I need to build my confidence and I’m trying to take it one day at a time. I’m trying to figure out who I am and what I want. In some ways, I think I’m in the same position as I was two years ago because I’m still trying to figure out what the heck I want in this life. But, in 2018, I’m ready to figure it out.