What is a millennial? Most sources agree that a millennial is someone who is born between the early 1980’s and the early 2000’s. Which means that Chris and I are parents to two of those types. So that makes me an expert, right?
It makes me laugh when I see people purport that that are experts on certain things when “I” believe that they aren’t. But today I am claiming that I am an expert on giving advice to this age group because I have successfully raised two millennials of my own. So there. I claim it and since both of my millennials are successful and amazing young men I am taking some cues from them on what a successful millennial looks like.
Relationships don’t always come easy and it is important to work on the relationships that matter, It may be a personal relationship or it may be a career and work related relationship but it is important to work on making those relationships solid. It takes time and work and a bit of personal investment but it is worth it.
Life happens. It is always good to have a little money set aside for those unexpected expenses that come up as well as for doing something spontaneously. A little nest egg set aside can certainly ease some stress. Save a little from every pay check and make it a habit from the very beginning. What you don’t have you don’t miss.
This is one that is often overlooked by younger folks but it is vital to being an adult in my humble opinion. Find something you are passionate about and volunteer doing it. It could be walking dogs at the local humane society or using your musical abilities to share with nursing home residents. Whatever you do it often ends up being the thing that makes a big difference in the lives of those you are helping as well as your own.
Open a door for someone. Pick up a package that someone dropped. Simply smile at people. It makes an amazing difference in how others view you and in how you feel about yourself. Kindness is important. Even when you don’t feel like being kind–just do it. It will come back a hundred fold to you.
Often I have seen folks have a sense of entitlement. No. You are not owed anything. To get anywhere in this world you must work for it and the quicker that is the mind set the better it is. Hard work leads to success and there is a sense of pride that comes from knowing you worked for something. Being handed things on a silver platter does not create motivated and productive behavior. Working hard for things that are worthwhile is definitely the path that is best.
Sometimes your parents really do know what they are talking about. I have found that some of the greatest wisdom that has been shared with me has come from those much older than me. Do not discount life experiences as they often are great examples of how to live a full life.Friendships are often a lot of work to maintain but true friendships are the ones that will hold you up in the hard times. give you the comfort that you need when you need it the most and provide that support during the trials and storms of life. Because they will come. No one is exempt. Make the effort. Make the call. Make the coffee date. Spend time with those who love you. It will make all the difference.Don’t allow bad feelings and misunderstandings the chance to enter into work relationships or friendships. Always leave a place of employment on a positive note if possible and keep those contacts with co- workers maintained. You never know when that person will be able to do you a favor down the road and vice versa. Today is your only chance to live today. Live in the moment. Make the most of every single day and while having goals and dreams and aspirations is essential to living life don’t get so wrapped up in the “someday” that you forget about today. Every day is truly a gift. It sounds like one of those cliches but it is so true. Don’t wait until you are 50 years old to realize that there are no guarantees in life. Today is all we are promised. Live it fully.
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I love this! I sometimes feel like an expert too…. I don’t have kids, but I do manage a staff of about 20 most of who are millennials…. I feel like printing this blog and putting on everyone’s desk!
Thanks, Hilary!!!! Your words made me smile because it hit a point with you!
Excellent advice you have given to your millennials and anyone else tuning in on today’s blog. I have no kids but I DO remember much of this advice being given to me by my parents OH SO LONG AGO…..and it stuck with me…..all these years later and although they are gone, I hear their voices in my heart reminding me that we should live this life with the thought that it really is NOT “all about us” but about sharing, caring, and giving. That advice has served anyone who listened to it quite well. Great post!
Thanks so much! I guess it is advice for anyone, isn’t it? I just think sometimes the younger set doesn’t get the simple part of basic kindness and hard work. Not all, of course, but there are some that fit into that category and since I am so old I figured I could give advice. 🙂
Great advice for all generations! It is exactly what my parents taught me and hopefully I passed on to my children and grandchildren. Practice kindness everyday is my favourite.
Good advice for anyone, not just millennials, for a happy life.
Thanks Laura. I just get tired of the “entitlement” mentality that I see a lot of places. I bet you understand that!
Thanks for sharing this! It’s great advice for anyone!
Thanks so much, Tony! I appreciate your kind words!
AMEN!!! You could not have said it any better!
Thank you, Sara! That means a lot to have you say that.
This is great advice for anyone, no matter their age.
Advice accepted 🙂
You live this! You are not the one I am preaching to. 🙂 Love ya, Val!
This is ALL good advice for everyone – no matter the age!
Thanks–I have been thinking about it for a long time and finally got the post published. Not sure if it is one everyone will like but that is okay—I needed to write it!
Great advice! Both of my kids are Millennials. I get annoyed when I hear people criticize this generation, don’t you? I think we have much to hope for from them.
Oh yes—I agree. I know a lot who are doing wonderful things in the world already. I think there are always those who will feel entitled to things that they really should be working for but sometimes you have to just sit back and realize that those are the few and not the majority. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
True, every generation had their bad eggs, and I think we forget how selfish we probably were in your own youth.
I agree with Marci… Great advice whether you are a millennial or otherwise. Thanks for the worthy advice!
I am just handing it out for free. 🙂
I have two of them myself and I’ve tried to drill these into their heads for as long as they’ve been alive. It seems like they caught on to most of them as they are pretty terrific if I do say so myself!
Great advice – and not just for millennials. We all need to live by those guidelines!
Excellent and thoughtful advice. I, for one, seek advice from you a lot. Very grateful for your generosity and wisdom!
This is great advice for EVERYONE!
I’m not sure if I qualify as a millennial ( I was born in the late 70’s), but thanks for the advice. These nuggets of wisdom are the keys to a happy life.
I’m a millennial, and all of this is great advice! Thank you Beth Ann!
Every Single one – On Point!! Great advice. The big one I find these days is that Entitlement one. I see 6 year olds with iPad’s. I don’t even have an iPad. Or a Kindle. Or an updated phone! Now, if your family can afford those things, that is wonderful for you – but I don’t think all those things should be handed those things so easily. Our son had to save the money for his gaming system because we don’t feel it’s a necessity of life. In fact – it takes you away from Life!! And when he wanted an iPod because kids at school had one or a phone: same story. Save your allowance buddy. And to his credit – he did; both times. Now he takes excellent care of both items because he knows we will not replacement them. It’s such a valuable lesson to teach your kids VALUE. For all things.
Thanks, Les! Entitlement is crazy, isn’t it? I just don’t get why anyone thinks that they are owed something. I love that you have your son saved for those items and now has a personal pride in those items. Value for all things is a great life lesson.
These tips are great for any age 🙂
I guess they are –when I wrote it I wasn’t really thinking it was good for every age but I guess it really is.
That’s good advice for everyone.