I was born in the early years of what’s now called the Millennial generation. We’re an interesting group to say the least. Every generation has a word or two that best describes it. For Millennials that word seems to be entitlement – especially as it relates to our lifestyle and careers. One of the symptoms of growing up in the relatively comfortable environment our Boomer parents provided for us was a lack of awareness about all that life entails. We had it pretty easy. We didn’t realize how hard our parents worked. Over time, many of us came to the conclusion, “I deserve this.”
Now that we’re adults, we’ve discovered that you can’t have everything you want in life. Debt-free living means going without. Debt-fueled living brings with it the crushing weight of anxiety. Most jobs aren’t amazing or life-changing. You have to put in the time at the bottom if you want to make it to the top. Skipping from job to job (or career to career) isn’t a way to move up faster. It’s a path to nowhere. Every generation has to learn certain lessons the hard way. For me and my generation, that day is here.