Blame the terrorists.. again

41nhb5qfrl_sl500_aa240_Generation Y isn’t lazy, impatient, demanding, high-maintenance and self-absorbed. They are just living life fully, in the moment, every day. Why? Because of terrorism.


Yes, says Tamara Erickson in a recent podcast posted on GenY came of age during the era of terrorism and that affected them so much that they seek to be in the moment just in case everything comes crashing down around them in a single, unpredictable moment.

Perhaps they seek to be in the moment because they have been handed everything by their Boomer parents? Perhaps they don’t know how to delay gratification. Maybe? Even just a little bit? Is there no depth to which GenY will not stoop to blame someone or something else for their failing?

There are all sorts of other tangents that Erickson goes down that are flawed reasoning. For example, she suggests that corporations give them a task, but don’t over-train them, let them figure it out. The problem there is GenY really has no skills nor do they have any sense of when a project is complete or well done. The conclusion most would draw is “If my boss has a problem with the quality of my work, he will give me feedback. Otherwise, its all good.”

Sounds like a theory being backed into a book.

Election Message to Gen-Y

Do you care who wins this election? Here is why you should.

If you are 24 now, you will be 28 when McCain/Palin runs for president again in 2012. Incumbents are almost always favored to win elections, so most likely they will win four more years. That will make you 32 years old. Four years after that when we vote for another president, you will be 36.

No candidate really cares about what is important to a 24-year old. But, they do care about what is important to someone who is 36. What issues will be important to you when you are 36? Will you have kids? Will you own a home? Will you have a job that pays your health insurance? Will you be healthy? Will your parents still live independently? Will they still be able to help you when you need it? Will they have to choose between buying their grandchildren birthday presents or medication? Will your parents be one of the now 47 million who live without health insurance? Will they fall victim to bankruptcy because they had a stroke and insurance just got too expensive at their age? Will we have continued to drill our way out of our energy problems or have we started to look at other ways of powering our nation? How big will China really be? How important will our economy, culture and way of life that the GOP wishes to preserve be? Will the USA look like a boxer way past his prime or a regenerated culture that has learned how to grow old with grace and pass the baton with passion and dignity?

Will you look back at your 24-year-old self from your 36-year-old self and ask why you didn’t care enough to get involved?

You are not risking the next four years of your life by not getting involved. You are risking your entire formative adulthood where you will most likely choose a community, start a family, buy a home and have a dog (please, have a dog. We’re a lot of fun and we’re really smart!) You are risking the first 4-5 years of your childrens’ lives and the last 10-20 of your parents. And, you probably owe them at least one month’s rent already.

Do you want to live in a country that raises the human spirit, endorses the ideal that says human being can do anything they can dream or do you want to live in a country where new ideas are evil, sarcasm is the new rhetoric and your political opposite is your sworn enemy?

The time to decide is now. You’re not getting younger.

They grow up so fast

Cameron Schaefer with BrazenCareerist writes a post about personal responsibility. You can read it here, but here is just a snippet.

This is what’s wrong with our society. We’ve become a people that hold everyone responsible, but ourselves.

Never before have I seen so much blame being placed on everyone but the person in the mirror. People waving angry fingers at big oil companies for high gas prices rather than blaming themselves for owning two S.U.V.’s and a boat. They completely ignore the law of supply and demand expecting that somehow prices will remain stagnant as consumption drastically increases.

This is like writing an angry letter to Hostess snack foods complaining about your recent weight gain while shoving 30 Twinkies in your gullet. Life’s about choices.

GenY is growing up and getting it. All it took was time. Thanks, Cameron.