I, for one, welcome our Gen-Y, Millennial overlords

Leading the wayWe Gen-X types are a sandwich generation, stuck somewhere between the old and the new.

  • Too young to ignore technology, too old to truly understand its potential
  • Too young to have participated in the greed-rush of the ’80s, too old to have missed observing it
  • Too young to have acquired the respect of the previous generation, too old to have acquired the respect of the upcoming generation

We’ll be swept under the carpet before too long. Bypassed on our road to leadership by the young upstarts. The Gen-Y “Millennials” who have seem to have a more clear understanding of their role than we ever will.

But before I drift into some Tyler-Durden-esque speech on the pervading ennui of Gen-X, let me say that I’m quite looking forward to the Gen-Y types taking the helm. Even if I never get the chance to screw things up.


Because I read things like “A Unique Generation” at Employee Evolution, and I like it. It gives me a warm glow inside.

Maybe, just maybe, this whole thing will get fixed.

To wit (emphasis is mine):

Maybe we were being groomed from birth to change the way things work. Maybe the answer to getting out of working paycheck to paycheck at a dead end job is not to find a new, better job. Maybe the answer is to change the fundamental structure of the corporate world so everyone can enjoy their jobs. Maybe we can achieve this if we make our voices heard.

We have been labeled “America’s next Great Generation,” It is my prediction that by the time we are leading this country, things will be different and eventually we will live up to the title. Why should we wait 20 years to do this? Maybe I’m crazy and maybe these are the same thoughts everyone generation had at 22 years old. But there is one glaring difference, the numbers are in our favor.

About Rick Turoczy

More than mildly obsessed with the Portland startup community. Founder and editor at Silicon Florist. Cofounder and general manager at PIE. Follow me on Twitter: @turoczy
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2 Responses to I, for one, welcome our Gen-Y, Millennial overlords

  1. Ryan Healy says:

    I’m really glad you liked the post. Its always good to get positive feedback from other generations.

    I suggest everyone also refers to the comment to this post posted by KV. He makes some excellent points and bold predictions about the future of the workplace.

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