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Words matter

by Tyler Palko | Originally posted on January 28th, 2016

It’s never a good feeling when you are put in your place. But after the sting of your ego being rattled settles, you should begin to feel realigned. This happened to me on my last business trip with our Founder and President from Solutions 21, Buddy Hobart. I won’t go into great detail about the conversation, but I will tell you that I was just flat out looking at a situation from the wrong perspective and Buddy helped me to shed the blinders. I was able to see the full picture and not just a portion of it. Instances like these present teaching opportunities and spark a creative fire within me to share. I’ll give you a more detailed example.

I was speaking on a panel recently and the focus was the topic of Millennials in the workforce and sports. There was one common theme that kept coming up about MY generation — I say that because I am a card-carrying member of the Millennial generation. The theme: Instant gratification. Because my boss has reinforced in me that words matter, I began to think about the phrase “instant gratification” and how it is being used/who is using it. You ready for this? It is commonplace for non-Millennials. At that exact moment, while sitting on this panel, I came to the conclusion that the reason people use this phrase is simply out of misunderstanding.

And I continued to think. I thought about what was being discussed on this panel. I couldn’t help but conclude that this discussion was an unfair attack on a group of people (Millennials) for justification purposes. There were no actual facts being discussed. I continued listening patiently at the out of control, train wreck, Millennial bashing and was finally given the opportunity to share my insight on this topic.

I don’t like speaking in “absolutes,” so let me set the record straight and get this out in the open right now. Are there lazy, spoiled, entitled, and instant-gratification-seeking Millennials in the universe? Absolutely. Unfortunately, there are also Gen X’ers, Baby Boomers, and Traditionalists that carry these same traits. So as long are we are in agreement that this is the baseline from which I am working, I will continue.

Do me a favor and subscribe to the methodology that Millennials want “instant gratification” — whether you believe that to be true or not. The next time you witness a Millennial seeking “instant gratification,” stop and replace that thought with the words... Read the rest at the Solutions 21 Blog >

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