The Millennial Myth – The Issue About Giving Back

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I was reading an article in Time Magazine by John Scott Lewinski recently which started as follows – “Give Millennials a break, we made them that way”. In the article, Mr Lewinski confirmed that the word ‘millennial’ is now rarely used as a term connoting any positive qualities but instead seems to be associated with adjectives such as childish, arrogant, thin-skinned, narcissistic and entitled. The article (as anticipated in the title) then goes on to mention that there are however a number of Gen Yers who are forging successful careers as innovators and entrepreneurs and therefore Gen X should ‘give millennials a break’ (given they brought them up).

As a millennial myself, I was a little surprised at the extent of the derogatory connotations now associated with my generation (although have always been aware of the me, me, me aspect – see our Millennial Issue), and felt that I should try and redress the balance (somehow) in this issue by breaking down the millennial myth. So if you’re part of Gen Y – this one’s for you!

One of the dominant traits and major strengths of millennials is their desire to be authentic and true to their personal values – this means that they will seek out workplaces that aren’t just measured on their financial performance but with a focus on improving society, or start companies which aim to make a positive difference in the world (which 84% of millennials view as more important than professional recognition). As a result of technology, millennials believe that a single person’s voice can make a difference.

So in this issue, we went out to find some of these millennials whose companies and charities are changing society for the better, and who have found a way to do business (or do their own thing) while remaining true to their values. We were truly inspired at what these millennials have achieved – hopefully this will go some way towards quashing the millennial myth!

Happy reading!

x foong 

@suitandpieUK

Image credit: Typical Millennials


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