Behind The Mirror Movie in association with EON, Spin Doctor and Nicolas D. Sampson recommends an insightful lecture on Millennials and their apparent inability to cope with the world.
Note — around the eleven-something minute mark, Simon Sinek, the speaker/expert, uses language that contradicts the whole argument. He spends ten minutes building an amazing case on how millennials were dealt a bad hand, how the parenting practises of the day didn’t prepare them for the harsh realities of the world — the hard effort it takes to create something, the amount of time needed — showcasing how ill-prepared they are for the non-app, face-to-face part of the real world. An entire generation told day after day it was special, turned soft and weak, mollycoddled like royalty, then thrust off the deep end only to find out they couldn’t hack it, and the speaker explains it well, then says we have to work extra hard to make these millennials fit in. We have to work (on their behalf, extra hard) so they will finally catch up.
Sounds like more of the same snowflake approach that got millennials and society in general into the trouble this speaker so smoothly presented.
Yes, granted, I’m being too harsh on Sinek’s argument. When dealing with addicts you have to provide support mechanisms / supportive environments to wean said addicts off their addictions, teach them how to deal with the world afresh. That much is clear, and millennials, according to the speaker, are addicts. They’re addicted to social media, instant digital gratification, and unconditional praise.
Add to it their distorted self-esteem, millennial self-appraisal, which aims high but keeps getting smacked down.
Plus impatience; no time devoted to getting things done. Millennials find the process time-consuming, labor-intensive and quaint. They want things to happen right here, right now. Instant fulfillment or bust.
So we need to help these poor souls disengage from their impossible patterns, wean themselves off the instant gratification teat and learn how to function within the face-to-face, takes-time-and-effort-to-do-things world.
In that respect Sinek makes sense, in an abstract kind of way. It’s just his choice of words that is unfortunate, relying on a generalization that cannot be taken seriously. It sounds good, makes sense in a general way, but ultimately isn’t a valid and serious argument with which to describe the entirety of millennials and their plight.
So, in no minced words, here’s the entire flip side. Care of a self-described millennial, behold an epic takedown of the original takedown.
Well done, lazy millennial author. Good job on standing up for your generation so eloquently.
The debate continues . . .