Thursday, December 29, 2016

Why Millennials struggle

I have two children who are millennials - so I'm always interested in reading or hearing about their experiences, in this case why Millennials struggle with career success (they want purpose and to make an instant impact).  Simon Sinek puts this down to 4 main factors:

  • parenting - where they were told they were special and could have anything in life - yet in the real world this is not the case and this leads to lower self esteem.
  • technology - in particular social media and cell phones which can be addictive.
  • impatience - a world of instant gratification, which doesn't lead to job satisfaction and strong relationships.
  • environment in the workplace that cares about short-term gains rather than lifetime gains.

This video is funny and insightful and has me questioning whether I should buy an alarm clock and ditch my cell phone - and it makes me realise why I get so annoyed with my children who want to use their cellphones while we are together eating or playing a game.  Watch it to the end, and watch out for the reaction of the Millennials in the audience too.


  1. loved the video and could relate 100% to it - its not just the millenials, we are all caught up in the situations he mentioned! thanks for sharing

  2. great post and so important for us as leaders and managers to understand these dynamics as we mentor teachers and team members who are millenials, thanks for sharing

  3. Excellent post and video!!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lots to think about for us as parents(of millennials!) and school leaders as we work with millennials and their parents. Thank you for sharing.