Millenials have been classified as being those born in the early 1980s to early 2000s. Is this you?
The millennial, or ‘jilted’ generation make up a quarter of the UK’s population, and yet they are frequently derided as narcissistic, tech-dependent and lazy. But are these epithets fair? They are the first generation to do worse than their parents, and many graduated into a climate of joblessness, extortionate housing costs, and instability. Bestselling leadership expert Simon Sinek explains how we can help millennials become the confident future custodians our society desperately needs.
There is a Japanese expression that goes “Generalisations are seldom accurate” To lump a whole generation as having certain characteristics seems harsh. “Are they useful” would seem to be the criterion by which this can be judged. We use generalisations to help us make sense of the world they are also a cognitive dissonance trap which is not good. If I meet a vibrant witty go getter millennial I have to change my world view of millennials or deny the reality of exceptions. I take great comfort in [Paraconsistent Logic](https://nowchangeyourlife.wordpress.com/paraconsistent-logic/) which enables me to hold opposing views without dissonance much like our dear friend Schrödinger did.
When we meet a person how much of the real person shines through for us or do we just superimpose stereotypes which in many ways can be very damaging. We have talked about trust here. I tend to trust people automatically until proven wrong. I am of the view that “good” is a natural occurring phenomenon. In training magistrates as part of my work in the probation service I used to quote Goethe :
> “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
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