Millennials in the Workforce, A Generation of Weakness – Simon Sinek



what's the Millenial question apparently Millennials as a generation which is a group of people who were born approximately 1984 and after are tough to manage and they're accused of being entitled and narcissistic self-interested unfocused lazy but entitled is the big one and and because they confound leadership so much what's happening is leaders are asking the Millennials what do you want and Millennials are saying we want to work in a place with purpose love that we want to make an impact you know whatever that means we want free food and bean bags and so somebody articulates some sort of purpose there's lots of free food and there's bean bags and yet for some reason they're still not happy and that's because you that they're missing this there's a there's a missing piece what I've learned is that there I can break it down into four pieces right there are four things four characteristics one is parenting the other one is technology third is impatience and the fourth is environment the generation that we call the Millennials too many of them grew up subject to not my words failed parenting strategies you know where for example they were told that they were special all the time they were told that they have anything they want in life just because they want it right they were told some of them got into honors classes not because they deserved it but because their parents complained and some of them got a is not because they earned them but because the teachers didn't want to deal with the parents some kids got participation medals you got a medal for coming in last right which the science we know is pretty clear which is it devalues the metal and the reward for those who actually work hard and that actually makes the person who comes in last feel embarrassed because they know they didn't deserve it so that makes me feel worse right so you take this group of people and they graduate school and they get a job and the thrust into an it into the real world and in an instant they find out they're not special their moms can't get them a promotion that you get nothing for coming in last and by the way you can't just have it because you want it right and in an instant their entire self-image is shattered and so you have an entire generation that's growing up with lower self-esteem than previous generations the other problem to compound it is we're growing up in a facebook Instagram world in other words we're good at putting filters on things we're good at showing people that life is amazing even though I'm depressed right and so everybody sounds tough and everybody sounds like they got it all figure it out and the reality is there's very little toughness and most people don't have it figured out and so when the more senior people say what we do they sound like this is what you got at it and they have no clue so you have an entire generation growing up with lower self-esteem than previous generations right through no fault of their own through no fault of their own right they were dealt a bad hand right now let's add in technology we know that engagement with social media and our cell phones releases a chemical called dopamine that's why when you get a text feels good right so you know we've all had it when you're feeling a little bit down or feeling a bit lonely and so you send out ten texts to ten friends you know high high high high high because it feels good when you get a response right right it's why we count the likes it's why we go back ten times to see if and if it's going if our my Instagram is growing slower I would I do something wrong do they not like me anymore right the trauma for young kids to be unfriended right because we know when you get it you get a hit of dopamine which feels good why we like it it's why we keep going back to it dopamine is the exact same chemical that makes us feel good when we smoke when we drink and when we gamble in other words it's highly highly addictive right we have age restrictions on smoking gambling and alcohol and we have no age restrictions on social media and cell phones which is the equivalent of opening up the liquor cabinet and saying to our teenagers hey by the way this adolescence thing if it gets but that's basically what's happening that's basically what's happening right that's basically what happened you have an entire generation that has access to an addictive numbing to chemical called dopamine through social media and cellphones as they're going through the high stress of adolescence why is this important almost every alcoholic discovered alcohol when they were teenagers when we're very very young the only approval we need is the approval of our parents and as we go through adolescence we make this transition where we now need the approval of our peers very frustrating for our parents very important for us that allows us to acculturate outside of our immediate families into the broader tribe right it's a highly highly stressful and anxious period of our lives and we're supposed to learn to rely on our friends some people quite by accident discover alcohol and numbing effects of dopamine to help them cope with the stresses and anxieties of adolescence unfortunately that becomes hardwired in their brains and for the rest of their lives when they suffer significant stress they will not turn to a person they will turn to the bottle social stress financial stress career stress that's pretty much the primary reasons why an alcoholic drinks right what's happening is because we're out allowing unfettered access to these dopamine producing devices and media basically it's becoming hardwired and what we're seeing is as they grow older they to many kids don't know how to form deep meaningful relationships their words not mine they will admit that many of their friendships are superficial they will admit that their friends that they don't count on their friends they don't rely on their friends they have fun with their friends but they also know that their friends will cancel out them that something better comes along deep meaningful relationships are not there because they never practice the skill set and worse they don't have the coping mechanisms to deal with stress so when significant stress starts to show up in their lives they're not turning to a person they're turning to a device they're turning to social media they're turning to these things which offer temporary relief we know the science is clear we know that people who spend more time on Facebook so for higher rates of depression than people who spend less time on Facebook write these things balanced alcohol is not bad too much alcohol is bad gambling is fun too much gambling is dangerous right there's nothing wrong with social media and cell phones it's the imbalance right if you're sitting at dinner with your friends and you're texting somebody who's not there that's a problem that's an addiction if you're sitting in a meeting with people you're supposed to be listening to and speaking and you put your phone on the table face up or face down I don't care that sends the subconscious message to the room it you're not just just not that important to me right now right that's what happens and the fact that you cannot put it away it's because you are addicted right if you wake up and you check your phone before you say good morning to your girlfriend boyfriend or spouse you have an addiction and like all addiction in time it will destroy relationships it'll cost time and it will cost money and it'll make your life worse right so you have a generation growing up with lower self-esteem that doesn't have the coping mechanisms to do with stress stress right now you add in the sense of impatience right they've grown up in a world of instant gratification you want to buy something you go on Amazon it arrives the next day you want to watch a movie log on and watch your movie you don't check movie times you want to watch your TV show binge you don't even have to wait week to week to week right I know people who skip seasons just so they can binge at the end of the season right Instagram if occasion you want to go on a date you don't even have to learn how to be like you don't even have to learn and practice that skill you don't have to be the uncomfortable into which this is yes when you mean knowns there's no when you mean no but yes when you you have to swipe right bang I'm a stud right you don't have to learn the social coping mechanisms right everything you want you can have instantaneously everything you want instant gratification except job satisfaction and strength of relationships there ain't no app for that they are slow meandering uncomfortable messy processes and so I keep meeting these wonderful fantastic idealistic hard-working smart kids they've just graduated school they're in their entry-level job I sit down with them when I go how's it going they go I think I'm going to quit I'm like why they're like I'm not making an impact I'm like you've been here eight months it's as if they're standing at the foot of a mountain and they have this abstract concept called impact that they want to have in the world which is the summit what they don't see is the mountain I don't care if you go up the mountain quickly or slowly but there's still a mountain and so what this young generation needs to learn is patience that some things that really really matter like love or job fulfillment joy love of life self-confidence a skill set any of these things all of these things take time sometimes you can expedite pieces of it but the overall journey is arduous and long and difficult and if you don't ask for help and learn that skill set you will fall off the mountain or you will the worst case scenario the worst case scenario and we're already seeing it the worst case scenario is we're seeing increase in suicide rates we're seeing an increase in this generation we're seeing increase in accidental deaths due to drug overdoses we're seeing more and more kids drop out of school or take leaves of absence due to depression unheard of these are this is this is really bad the best case scenario the bet those are all bad cases right the best case scenario is you'll have an entire population growing up and going through life and just never really finding joy they'll never really find deep deep fulfillment in work or in life they'll just just walk through life in little G just it's fine how's your job it's fine the same as yesterday how's your relationship it's fine like that's that's the best-case scenario which leads me to the fourth point which is environment which is we're taking this amazing group of young fantastic kids were just dealt a bad hand it's no fault of their own and we put them in corporate environments that care more about the numbers than they do about the kids they care more about the short-term gains than the long-term life of this young human being we care more about the year than the lifetime right and so we are putting them in corporate environments that aren't helping them build their confidence that aren't helping them learn the skills of cooperation that aren't helping them overcome the challenges of a digital world and finding more balance that isn't helping them overcome the need to have instant gratification and teach them the joys and impact and the fulfillment you get from working hard over on something for a long time that cannot be done in a month or even in a year and so we're thrusting to them them in corporate environments and the worst part about it is they think it's them they blame themselves they can't they think it's them who can't deal and so it makes it all worse it's not I'm here to tell them it's not them it's the corporations it's the corporate environments it's the total lack of good leadership in our world today that is making them feel the way they do they would dealt a bad hand in it and I hate to say but it's the company's responsibility sucks to be you like we have no choice right this is what we got and I wish that society and their parents did a better job they didn't so we're gonna we're getting them in our companies and we now have to pick up the slack we have to work extra hard to figure out the ways that we build their confidence we have to work extra hard to find ways to teach them social the social skills that they're missing out on for more interesting videos like this one please subscribe you

30 Comments

  1. Nitsuga Esflo said:

    Millennials, feminism and internet = weakness

    June 30, 2019
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  2. Natalie Euley said:

    I mean, I will be changing jobs within my company to have what I consider a bigger impact. Rn I am working on internal applications and I want to work on a product team. I worked on a product team in a different company and I liked it a lot more. Internal applications are always just thrown out and replaced, the stuff that product teams make lasts for a long time. And I am getting tired of my work being discarded. So yes, I am changing jobs for one that has more impact, and I am 24. Call me a Millennial

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  3. Coverage Awareness Studio said:

    you know where the weakness comes from? Baby boomers. They had it all easy money and all… we're lazy fuckers too!

    June 30, 2019
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  4. BlueEyeLaser said:

    Maybe this can be seen as helpful for some:
    I’m 27 years old making 75k salary and saving 2-3k a month in California. High school drop out, no college, literally not a single piece of paper stating my competence (not even a GED). I started working construction at minimum wage ($7.25/hr in Georgia) and over the years of my 7 promotions what I realized is that most people just want the clock to hit 3:30 so they can go home, and also want jobs that pay more- a double standard. The reason I kept getting promoted is that instead of going home and wasting the 3-6 hours I had left of daytime, I stayed an hour or two later everyday at work for free to ask my supervisor questions and help him with anything he needed done. That’s all it took, showing him that I’m eager and my attitude was fit for growth. Now I’m a construction superintendent with no immediate bosses around me and I’m making bank. It wasn’t hard, all it took was that extra hour I gave for free of asking technical questions and helping where my supervisor needed it. I stopped partying and dating and decided to stay late everyday at work just for the growth, and sure enough it took off and now I’m able to take care of my mom and help my family financially. Quit wasting your free time and use it to learn and grow.
    These 10 things require 0 talent, and guarantee growth if diligently practiced:
    1) Be on time
    2) Work ethic
    3) Effort
    4) Energy
    5) Body language
    6) Passion
    7) Doing extra
    8) Being prepared
    9) Being coachable
    10) Attitude

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  5. That Guy James said:

    I quit all my shitty jobs because they're unfulfilling, soul crushing and all around dreadful. I guess I suck, according to the apathetic.

    June 30, 2019
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  6. Arthur Cribben said:

    The millennials that I managed have no work ethic can't show up on time always call in and refuse to do basic job duties they also think they have a right to be on their phone

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  7. Arthur Cribben said:

    I was never given a participation trophy. I never even heard of such a thing until the late 90s

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  8. Arthur Cribben said:

    wow all the people on here want to blame somebody else they don't want to take any responsibility for themselves. all my friends that are my age or a little bit younger all have great jobs make lots of money buying homes most of them never went to college all they did was take responsibility for themselves and work hard none of them have been homeless. They didn't spend money they didn't have

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  9. Arthur Cribben said:

    I worked for minimum wage for almost half my life I could always pay my bills and rent. It's called living with in your means. I didn't go to college for that reason I couldn't afford it and no guarantee of being able to pay back loans. I worked hard and have a great job now.

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  10. Arthur Cribben said:

    Bulshit no company has to teach them anything go see a therapist grow up I was born in 84 I don't have any of those problems life and the world are not fair so what get over it quit sugar coating things for the millennials

    June 30, 2019
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  11. Lars Thorsen said:

    "Millennials" are not a homogenous blob. A few of them will achieve fulfilling careers, and relationships, most won't; just like every generation. Most millennials suck, some do not, most baby boomers suck, some do not, most gen x ers suck, some do not. There is no problem here. Every generation needs people to clean out urinals, work at the DMV, and hold stop signs on road crews. It's not the job of employers to raise your kids, and luckily for them, there are plenty of millennials who don't suck. The ones who do suck will end up working in the DMV.

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  12. THEY said:

    Reality. Boomer parents convinced their millennial children to go to college, because this would be the only way they would succeed. Remember, the boomers allowed the unions to go too far and run their easy, good paying jobs away. Now there are too many degrees in the job market. Not enough skilled labor. I'm not talking about assembly line or factory jobs. Other issue with millennials, they need to learn that they have to pay their dues just like everyone else. Degree or not. Welcome to the real world.

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  13. James Parker said:

    Idiot

    June 30, 2019
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  14. James Parker said:

    What the fuck is this guy babbling on about

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  15. James Parker said:

    This is negating every other generation that just assumed work sucks and went to work

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  16. schlosser Profi said:

    Failed parrenting stratagies. This neo liberal crap you mantiont is a pretty bad influence. Especaly boys and men are suffering from that neoliberal crap. But Jorden Peterson helped me getting over that pretty fast. He is the one who picks up that misguided men and gives them purpouse in live again. If anyone wants to know how to deal with this, Jordan Peterson's material online is the awnser

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  17. 1 Stooge said:

    Than they throw AOC. At ya

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  18. bizkitgto said:

    Millennial men listen up: NEVER get married. Retire Early. Party hard. Die Young. Leave the post-wall women alone to their cats and box wine.

    June 30, 2019
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  19. Mary DeMars said:

    You forgot the parents who made the millennials the way they are. Who did the raising? The baby boomers who didn’t want to be raised like their parents raised them. Take some responsibility.

    June 30, 2019
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  20. Maximilian B. said:

    to everyone who says „the old generation always hates the younger generation“: you are obviously right, but what if millenials are actually worse than their parents? it could be true for this generation. so much changed that i may be worth a thought.

    ps: i was born in 2002 and i think that millenials and gen z suck and i 100% agree with this video.

    June 30, 2019
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  21. Jack Rakken said:

    Fuck that touchy feely bullshit! Pay me more! I spent years surviving on Rice, Ramen, and scraps while working 40+hours a week and going to college. Do you know how hard it is to get focused or motivated when you're always running on empty carbs with no nutritional value? It's like when a car runs out of gas and sluggishly rolls down the road only all the time. Your body feels weaker and heavier than it is, your brain doesn't work as fast so you constantly look the fool, and you are always exhausted, even when you're not.

    I ended up dropping out of college and started working warehouse. I still regret it.

    It didn't have jack shit to do with a phone because I couldn't afford it.

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  22. Chris said:

    Which generation elected Trump? Which generation gets a PENSION (e.g. no personal contributions req)? Which generation could earn a 6 figure salary with only a high school diploma?
    Who's really "Entitled" here..?

    June 30, 2019
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  23. Cress cressington said:

    Hit the symptoms on the nail, but whiffed the cause. Our generation cares more about intrinsic values than the baby boomers. We want the people around us to do well, we want to do well, we want to make the world a better place. What we are met with is a sterile environment that cares about nothing but profit over people. The majority of people are getting fucked and we feel powerless. The establishment has failed the populus, but has a death grip on how life should be run. Life costs exponentially more to be poor/in debt

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  24. Katrina Stringer said:

    Don't you mean before 1994. Its suppose to people who reached adulthood during the 00's

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  25. Frank said:

    I wish what is taught in this channel is taught in high schools along with other real world situations. But we are taught a bunch of nonsense that shouldn't be required by every single student in order to graduate.

    June 30, 2019
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  26. Chris Griffin said:

    We make more then our parents ever did but still can’t afford much.

    June 30, 2019
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  27. Kyle Bloomer said:

    This started off so stuck up and stupid. The speaker takes the fact that we want purpose and meaning and equates it to wanting bean bag chairs and free food. How do you even make that leap? All of my working experience has been in some kind of shallow customer service job (retail and downscale hospitality) and I’ve hated every second, dealing with impatient (almost always older in these cases!) people who act like an expired coupon or a denied return for something they bought ten years ago is like I assaulted them, and I want nothing more right now than to drop that bullshit and do something with Purpose and Impact as stated in the beginning of this video, but bean bag chairs do not equal purpose or impact, how did this guy even make that connection?? If I’m looking for a job with purpose it’s something like working in an animal shelter or on a farm (as examples), not some dumb office job cold calling to peddle overpriced health insurance just because I get to sit in a bean bag chair all day! Completely and obviously stupid comparison, makes me question if this guy can even think straight let alone know what he’s talking about. And if the point he’s trying to get at is that these Boomer managers think that’s what we want when we say we want purpose, which generation has the real problem here?

    My generation has the worst hand dealt since the Great Depression, I have friends who work THREE JOBS and can still barely afford a studio apartment+utilities+crappy cheap food+phone bill (since almost all jobs require that they can get ahold of you outside of work now), and those are just the BARE NECESSITIES and still not have enough money left over to save ANY money let alone save enough money to invest or plan for the future, and most of them are college graduates! I shared an apartment with one roommate for $900/month + electricity, we split the bill evenly and we still lacked adequate food to the point where I went from healthy weight (like 175lbs) to being underweight (like 155) within one year of moving in, and neither of us had enough left over to save more than a few dollars every month, and at that slow rate no one could ever save for anything like a car or a house. We ended up moving apart after the end of that first year back to each of our parent’s places because it made it more affordable AND each of our parents needed the help to afford their apartments and necessities too! It’s so soul-crushing and demotivating when I see some of my friends killing themselves every day at multiple jobs and being so miserable and tired that one of them even called me at least once a month for a year in this type of situation having a borderline suicidal mental breakdown from the emotional and physical stress only to have nothing to show for it (they now live with three roommates so they don’t have to do that anymore. That’s literally our only option right now). You want to know why so many people in my generation are unmotivated and unhappy? Because we see no hope for our futures, we see no fruits from our labors, I mean Jesus Christ forty years ago you could pay for college with a summer job and outright buy a cheap house on minimum wage, and now it’s almost impossible to even feed ourselves while living with roommates in shitty apartments! These days your lucky if that summer job even covers the costs of your textbooks! And then we graduate into a world where almost every company wants someone who already has experience and acts like your degree doesn’t mean shit so you have no choice but to take a minimum wage purposeless job that has nothing to do with what you studied.

    I don’t know what boomers want from us. We’re all being made into debt slaves for slave-wages in a culture that THEY created.

    June 30, 2019
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  28. Rich Johnson said:

    I was good until you mentioned the last part where you said it wasn't their fault,it was the companies responsibility to teach them.Is this not further enabling/coddling?I need someone to come to work and produce,I am willing to train,but not babysit.Don't you get it? It has never been their fault and probably never will be.I raised three millenials and two of them do not fit this narrative
    ,but one is spot on.Same parents,same house,same opportunities,but totally different mind sets.Not all is the parents fault.There is still a choice that is made by the child/young adult.

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  29. chevy c10 said:

    They are a lazy generation.. They are a spoilt generation. It's true they just want and not willing to work for it because mom and dad spoilt them to much. I work with a few of them. They are useless generation. They deserve to just fucking DIE

    June 30, 2019
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  30. GIULI 333 said:

    Boomers need to be purged

    June 30, 2019
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