To be a renegade means to abandon an organization, country, or set of principles. Today, we are in a time where we face evolving problems with stubborn antiquated ideas. Problems such as, who should pay for the date, to more complex situations such as the education system. Yet, the millennial is a bit more renegade than previous generations before us.
By far, millennials have put forth sweeping change from the classroom to the White House. This generation is more likely to take risks, while also having a sensible approach to tangible solutions. Yet, one may ask, “what makes a millennial a renegade in the office? How can you work with one? What do they really want?” Here are a few questions and answers from a millennial about millennials:
What makes a millennial a renegade in the office?
The answer is rather simple. It’s their ambition. Millennials have a desire to follow the Do-It-Yourself culture. Millennials take their destiny into their own hands by learning and building their vision. On July 9th, 2008, the Apple App Store was launched with 500 third party apps and 0 downloads. Nearly the span of seven years, the App store has ballooned over 1.4 million apps, 100 billion downloads, and multi-billion dollar companies that has created opportunities for millions. Of which a bulk of these individuals, who built and fueled this market, are millennials. The renegade of a millennial is to go out and create something awesome. The millennial is not the stereotype of being lazy or lacking ambition. It’s actually quite the opposite.
What do they really want?
Millennials want to have meaning and purpose. The level of meaning and purpose can vary. However, the common expression that I have observed about my generation is the desire to be apart of an experience that will make a difference on the lives of other individuals. This is demonstrated in the various political demonstrations and the progressive nature and culture of corporate America. Millennials in short, want to make this world a better environment for the generation after us just as previous generations has done before us.
What can we learn from a millennial?
If you are to work, you should enjoy work with a passion and purpose. It is almost the creed of the millennial generation. We are more inclined to take risks by following our passions regardless of what is suggested or recommended for us to follow. If you are working 8 hours per day and spend the majority of your days with those you work with, you should at least enjoy what you do. If you don’t, life can be very boring. Why would anyone choose a boring life instead of a fun one?
What can millennials learn?
To listen. Admittedly, when I say this, I do speak for myself in it that I do need to listen to others and ask more questions for multiple purposes. The valuable lessons from previous generations will help future leaders progress, so that we can produce solutions for the problems of today and tomorrow. There is a time to talk, and there is a time to listen. I think that there should be more listening than there is talking.