During the last two weeks, I learned several life lessons.
1) Naturally, People are going to try and define you by “your generation.” I am a Millennial simply because I was born in 1995. The general misconception for Millennials is that we are attached to our phones, computers, gaming systems, and other electronic devices on a 24/7 basis. We are all supposed to like rap and gansta (trap) music. We all hate authority. THAT’S BOGUS. True, some people do fit into that stereotype.. but you are terribly mistaken if you think it’s just in the Millennial generation. There are adults in their 30s-60s that act just like that. Age does not define you.
- Side note: I am 20 years old and I like to Waltz. I have a tendency to listen to Frank Sinatra, Melissa Manchester, Tony Bennett, and The Beach Boys. I paint, AVIDLY read, crochet, write poetry and music. I was raised to respect authority figures, yet not let them walk all over me. Is that a Millennial by everyone else’s terms?
2) You need to present yourself for the position that you want. Meaning, If you are looking for a job and are granted an interview, and you walk in there dressed like a slob with a bad attitude, I guarantee you are going to get a low hourly/salary position in that company. Maybe not even be hired. If you walk into that interview dressed nicely and with the confidence of a CEO, you have the potential of becoming a CEO. It’s as simple as that. If you want a life experience, take it.
- Again Side note: If you have a job, you are connected to that business. If you do not want to represent it, then leave. Depending on how you act, you are either putting yourself in jeopardy, or that business. Grow up, and act like a professional. Even while flipping burgers. Be thankful that you have a job.
3) Emotions and business are not one in the same. Sometimes, hard decisions have to be made. You can’t be afraid of hurting somebody else’s feelings, especially when it involves advancement in life. On that note, Learn to have a thick skin. There may be a time in life where the company you are working for, needs to make budget cuts. You are personal friends with your boss, so you think you’re safe right?.. You were the last one hired. Sorry kid, you are going to be the one fired. Don’t blame your friend/boss. It’s not his fault. Business is just business.
4) Be you. In high school, middle school and even elementary school, you are taught not to be yourself. You are taught the words “weird” or “strange” are negative terms. Guess what? In the world of adulthood, those quirks are the things that make you stand out… in a good way! Those people that called you weird when you were younger are now referred to as Bullies. If you like doing something (and it’s not illegal), I say GO FOR IT! You sing/ dance everywhere you go, and people think it’s a strange thing to do, Forget them! You could be the next Barbra Streisand. Or Taylor Swift for my younger readers… Be who you are. Learn this, Live it.
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