Take a look around you. Scroll through your Facebook and Twitter pages. You’ll find dozens of Millennials who are doing awesome things in the world. Our generation has been dubbed the next Great Generation because we have untapped potential to do incredible things and we’re the largest generation since the Boomers.
And we’re already changing the way things get done. Companies are bending to our will because we’re the future of their earning reports. And we’re their talent. Millennials don’t just want to work anywhere. We want to work in companies that are doing good for the world. These days, if a company doesn’t have a Corporate Social Responsibility profile, Employee Resource Groups and recycling within an inch of everyone’s desk, the likelihood of holding onto young talent is zilch.
We want our 40-50 hrs per week to reflect our values. Millennials primarily identify as Liberal Democrats, we care about climate change, recycling is second nature and Captain Planet taught us well.
So, if we’re such a force for good and we can bend institutions to our collective will, why is everything so shitty right now?
Well, one big problem that we have is that we don’t really know what to do or how to help. There are a billion non-profits, programs, projects and crowdfunding sites vying for our attention. It’s overwhelming. As we said earlier, there are a lot of big problems to tackle, so what do I work on first? Where do I turn? How much can I really devote to fixing these monstrous issues when I work 50+ hours a week???
It’s okay. Don’t hyperventilate. I got your back.
Instead of looking to the plethora of opportunities and the glut of organizations, let’s take stock of what You have. Yes, you. Get out your phone/tablet/laptop/pen and paper/chisel and stone and write down what you’re good at. Just the top ten.
Here, I’ll do it with you. I’m good at:
Not bad. How about you? What ten things are you good at? Write them down. Or use this handy dandy worksheet I put together for you! It's at the bottom of this post.
Having some trouble? Can’t find ten things your good at? Let me help.