In 2013, Joel Stein deemed Millennials the “ME Generation.” The TIME contributor called Generation-Y selfish, egotistical and lazy. He also noted, however, that we may just be the generation that will save us all.
Per usual, no one knows what to make of us. Our parents scorn us, then praise us. They lament over our technological dependency, then ask us to set up their iPads. They tell us we’re lazy, then ask us for a loan.
Our generation is an anomaly. We refuse to do things their way, so they call us entitled. We refuse to sit in cubicles, so they call us spoiled. We refuse to follow their plans, so they call us stubborn. What they are slowly realizing, however, is we’re not lazy, stubborn or entitled. We just refuse to accept things as they’re given to us.
We refuse to accept that life must be dictated by a job we hate. We refuse to go to work in suits and ties when we’re more productive in sneakers and graphic tees.
We refuse to adhere to work schedules that don’t work. We refuse to allow the corporate culture to suffocate our creativity. We no longer see adulthood as the end of our childhood, but the beginning of something even more liberating.
We’re not going to hand our souls over to men in suits or women in pencil skirts. We’re not going to work for companies we don’t respect. We’re not going to wake up every morning dreading the 9-to-5. But we’re not going to sit back and sulk either.
We’re going to innovate. We’re going to change the game. We’re gonna show our parents, Corporate America and everyone else who refuse to take us seriously that we’re not lazy, entitled nor egotistical. In fact, we’re the kids who are going to take your jobs and throw them away.
Like that girl you can’t understand, Corporate America has gone from scorning us to fearing us. The bosses don’t understand why we’re not pleading to work with them, why we’re not wearing suits to interviews and why the hell we’re not trying to make a good impression on them.
They don’t understand why we’re not lining up after college for a spot on their factory lines. They don’t understand why we don’t want to make five figures under fluorescent lighting or why we’d rather be broke than bored.
They don’t understand why we’re not chasing them with our legs spread. Sorry Corporate America, we’re just not interested.
We gave you a shot, tried you out and decided you weren’t for us. We saw how you treated our parents, grandparents and the bottom percents and realized you weren’t that good of a guy.
Much like why our generation is full of more singles than any before, we’re just not willing to settle. We’re going to keep doing things our way, keep striving for that ideal life, even if it makes everyone else uncomfortable.
1. We play by our own rules.
2. We don’t take the first answer given to us.
3. We don’t care about getting into trouble.
4. We’re willing to work for nothing if it means being happy... Despite being in debt.
5. We know how to beat the system.
6. We’re always trying to change the game.
7. We have social media on our side.
8. We like a good fight.
9. We don’t care about the perks.
10. We hate that “old boys club” sh*t.
11. We’re not about climbing the ladder, we’re about circumventing it.
12. We ask for what we want rather than implying it.
13. We’re not afraid to quit if we don’t like what’s going on.
14. We’re not on that suit and tie.
15. We’d rather start work at 10 and finish at 10.
16. We’ve got youth on our side.
17. We don’t have a chip on our shoulders.
18. We know technology a hell of a lot better.
19. We’re more educated, by the book and the street.
20. We’re not interested in office politics.
21 . We have less to lose and everything to gain.
22. We don’t pursue the paycheck, we pursue the passion.
23. We have that “f*ck you” attitude.
24. We are trying to beat the system, not just work with it.
25. We don’t have to go to college to get ahead.
26. We’re getting married later and working younger.
27. We’re listening to our women.
28. We want freedom more than anything else.
29. We would rather die a slow death than sit in cubicles.
30. We know they need us more than we need them.
31. We distribute the news, not the other way around.
32. We don’t care as much about profit as we do the product.
33. We’re willing to listen to one another.
34. We understand whom we’re talking to.
35. We don’t do drug tests.
36. We’re open to any gender, sexual orientation and race.
37. We know what makes us happy.
38. We know what doesn’t make us happy.
39. We learned from our parents mistakes.
40. We’ve defined them, they haven’t defined us.
41. We’d rather travel and be poor than be rich and never see the world.
42. We don’t take life too seriously.
43. We understand we’re all going to die someday.
44. We'd rather have experiences than bank statements.
45. We refuse to hate what we do.
46. We know there's always a better way.
47. We want careers, not jobs.
48. We have passion.
49. We have morals.
50. We have each other.