The New York Times just ran an article about Millenials in the real world. Like any good Millenial, I love reading about myself. This article, however, just pissed me off.
In a nutshell, it’s a recap of the financial woes of Millenials, and a diagnosis that twenty-somethings will just never catch up from the recession and never build real wealth.
The article is essentially condemning this generation to a lifetime without prosperity.
And I just don’t think that’s true.
Sure, we Millenials “have it rough.” We got hit with a double-whammy during the recession (if entering an unforgiving job market after graduation wasn’t enough, we also witnessed our parents struggle with unemployment and pay cuts).
Yes, we have emotional and financial scars. The majority of us are likely underpaid and/or underemployed and it means we have a lot of financial catching up to do in our thirties.
And yes, we have tons of student loans.
But we Millenials are more than just our economic circumstances. We Millenials (modestly speaking) are one of the most creative, entrepreneurial, flexible and intelligent generations. Technology has given us boundless opportunities and with that, unlimited potential.
I can feel this potential in every moment of my life. I can see that potential in my friends, regardless of their employment. And I can see it in the future of an entire generation, regardless of a slow economics recovery around us.
But the question remains: is that enough?
Will gumption and savvy move us beyond the financial misfortune that has marked Millenials? Will we end up living wealthy lives – as wealthy, if not more than our parents? And when?
What Do You Think – Do Millenials Stand a Chance?
So I know what I think… what do you?
Take a second and fill out the poll below (even if you aren’t a Millenial). And leave a comment if you are a Millenial and you have a strong opinion about your future 🙂
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