I know, I know. Millennials. You saw that in the title and thought, “Great, another article about this generation.” But kudos to you for clicking, anyway. I think your click will be worth it!
Indeed, I am a millennial, and I might even fit some of the stereotypes that come with that. The 1,000-Hour Pro is a millennial idea, after all, and maybe that’s not the worst thing. Let’s have a go.
Disinterested in what exactly is always my question? Disinterested in graduating college with a STEM degree, getting a 9-5 that we stick with for 40 years, retiring and calling it good? Well, I guess I’d agree with that.
We’re a disinterested generation if it comes to sticking to the status quo, living the “American Dream” or just going down the same path as those before us. That doesn’t make us disinterested in the world around us or in making a difference. Au contraire.
Millennials are the 1,000-Hour Pros. The millennial wants more than just their “thing.” That’s why we’re putting “side hustle” on the map. Millennials want their life to make a difference and that means doing a lot of different things. That means working a lot of different jobs to see which one scratches each itch. One of those itches is the desire to make a difference. Millennials are stereotyped as being disinterested and uncaring, but this generation is motivated about social issues and changing the world for the better.
Our entire lives, we millennials have watched as the face of the planet has changed thanks to the Internet, cell phones, Web 2.0, the list goes on and on, and that hasn’t made us feel like we just get to continue to watch. We want in on the action!
We so badly want in on that world change that we’re trying all kinds of different things to find a way to make an impact. We’re learning all kinds of new skills and taking a stab in many different fields. We’re becoming 1,000-Hour Pros because we’re disinterested in the status quo. We’re interested in making a difference no matter what area that may be in.
Often called the “trophy generation,” critics of millennials say we think we deserve a trophy just for showing up to work and participating. If that’s your view of this generation, I’m sorry because you’re encountering some pretty terrible (and rare) millennials.
The millennials I know and work with feel entitled to more in life. We don’t want to be handed just a simple life of clock-punching and task-mastering. We know there’s more out there for us, and we feel like we deserve to experience that.
I don’t think millennials are wrong either, in that regard. Over the course of our lifetime, we’ve been exposed to more and more of the world. Starting with the first iterations of the internet to the now interconnectedness of our relationships on social media, knowledge bases in “the cloud” and economies in the global market, millennials have had a first row seat to watch the whole world open up in front of us. Can you blame us for wanting to take hold of that?
We’ve seen the world and all its nooks and crannies at the tips of our fingers, so we’ve wanted to explore more and more of those. The millennial is the 1,000-Hour Pro just by existing in this global market of knowledge. No one can be expected to just want to focus in on one thing when we know there’s so much more out there for us to learn!
The millennial and 1,000-Hour Pro do feel entitled, but that entitlement is for more. That entitlement is feeling the right to chase rabbit trails and discover all that’s out there for us.
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Now these are just two of the things I hear about our generation that the 1,000-Hour Pro is combatting. If you have any other thoughts, I’d love to hear them! What are some other stereotypes of millennials that the 1,000-Hour Pro is taking head on?