Is having meaningful work important to you? Do you appreciate opportunities for collaboration and freedom to decide the best path for you? Would you like to like to work in a fun environment? If so, then obviously you’re a millennial because, according to conventional wisdom, these “new” values are important only to you.
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If you’re a baby boomer, then obviously you are competitive, relish long work hours and are extremely focused on your goals. And if you’re a Generation X-er, you clearly can’t related to any of this because what you want more than anything is work-life balance.
Well, guess what? This is bullshit. My born-in-the-most-technologically-savvy-generation-ever daughter was astonished yesterday when I showed her how to add and divide numbers using Excel. She’s also extremely competitive and the hardest worker I know. I know several women my age with blue and pink hair who rock awesome tattoos. No one I know wants to be defined by labels or forced to conform to expectations caused by the year they were born. We’re all so much bigger than that.
It’s time to stop dividing ourselves with labels and get together based on our shared values, regardless of age. That’s why I was so taken with Gina Pell’s recent essay where she puts forth the revolutionary idea that we can all stop segregating ourselves by generation. Instead, we can choose to join a new group, the Perennials. Does this description of Perennials sound like you?
We are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers who continue to push up against our growing edge and know how to hustle. We comprise an inclusive, enduring mindset, not a divisive demographic.
I’m totally on-board with all of that. And in the harsh and divisive climate we seem to have found ourselves in, I’m looking to bond with as many people as possible. So I’d like to proudly come out today as a Perennial and invite you to join me. No tattoo, power suit, man bun or permed hairstyle required.