What other generations can learn from millennials.
Millennials often get categorized and labeled for their bad attributes, but there are plenty of commendable qualities in millennials. From their relentless drive to their fearlessness of taking risks, I want to break down six attributes other generations can learn from millennials.
- Develop a relentless drive. One thing that most can agree on regarding millennials is that they are not afraid to fail. It is this entrepreneurial spirit that other generations can learn from. They try, they fail, they pick themselves back up, and they try again. Millennials want to know the work they do is meaningful, but once they believe this nothing will stop them. Harnessing this level of drive in our churches and business will result in phenomenal growth and focus.
- Constantly look to improve. Millennials are not satisfied with the status-quo and are constantly looking to improve. This can often be perceived as a bad thing, but consider the benefits of constantly being reflective and mindful of self-improvement. If every person were taking steps to be better every day, how might we improve collectively as a society? Be it health, intellect, relationships, spirituality, compassion, or perception, what are ways that we can constantly be seeking to improve?
- Put experience before possessions. This can be seen everywhere! From the rise of the 'small house movement' to the minimalist mentality, millennials are selling everything and living for the experience. Personally, I love this attribute. Millennials are seeking to learn and relate from experiences. Yes, this does mean millennials are more prone to live nomadically, bouncing from place to place in their quest of discovery, but this sense of adventure and discovery is contagious in this generation. Finding ways to adapt our churches and business to meet millennials in this experience mentality will only increase our value in their eyes.
- Learn to take risks. One of the keys to good marketing is one's willingness to be bold. To shake things up. To turn heads and generate curiosity. Millennials are certainly willing to be bold and take risks in their everyday life. Perhaps this generates from their relentless spirit, or maybe they realize all the potential that is to be had when one lives a little more on the edge. If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready and in order, we shall never begin. Learning to take risks in our churches, our businesses, and our life is an important attribute that can be learned from millennials.
- Don't be afraid to challenge authority. This can very easily be taken negatively, so if this gave you a jerk reaction, maybe this is what you need to hear. Figures of authority are regarded, in general, with deep respect and admiration. However, in order to maintain our sense of individualism by expressing our own thoughts and needs, we must challenge that authority when we feel that it is doing something which isn't in the people's best interest. We are seeing his in the rise of sexual harassments being uncovered and political giants falling under their own perversions. Millennials are certainly not afraid to challenge authority and this is something that other generations should consider for themselves. In pursuit of constant improvement, ensuring that our leadership is admirable and followable is crucial.
- Be motivated by the 'Why,' not the 'What.' An author and speaker by the name of Simon Sinek is quoted saying, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” What Simon is referring to is what drives people into action. Millennials have shown to care more about the motivation behind actions, opinions, and developments than they do the actual actions, opinions, and developments. This is certainly an inspiring attribute of millennials and one that all generations should learn from.
I co-host a podcast titled Deeper. Our goal is to discuss the forces shaping our culture. The current series we are in is all about Millennials (truly a culture shifting subject). Here is an overhead view from the discussion from one of our episodes. To hear the full episode subscribe to our channel at: deeperpodcast.com/itunes