Ep. 71: The Problem With Millennials Is…

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Those gosh darn kids these days…. This week Josh and Shelby sit down for a roundtable discussion about millennials with some of the SUCCESS staff’s very own millennials. We also hear from Tom Bilyeu about his interview with cover figure, leadership expert and millennial researcher Simon Sinek. And we dive into the mail bag for a letter from a listener who shares his story about how he got back up after hitting rock bottom.

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Entitled, lazy and hungry for instant gratification―that’s how the millennial stereotype goes. Here’s what the some of the millennial panelists had to say about it:

  • On Finances…

“[There’s] a big discussion point, that millennials aren’t buying houses, they’re not buying cars, they’re not saving…. Most of the time millennials answer, ‘Well look at all these student loans we have.’ ” ―Josh Ellis

“[They say] we go out and we spend too much and we eat out too much and we drink too much…. I definitely have been more proactive recently about contributing more to my savings and my 401(k) and things like that. But I think that’s what I’m definitely guilty of, is spending more than I should.” ―Jesus Jimenez

  • On Technology…

“Millennials, they grew up with all the information and the knowledge they could possibly want, but with all of that came also this kind of hyper social world that millennials really had no choice but to compare themselves to.” ―Shelby Skrhak

“I wonder if I’m behind because I’m not married, or if I haven’t reached a certain level in my career, things like that. I see other people achieving on Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat or all these different platforms. But when it comes down to it, I don’t really know the whole story behind their lives.” ―Cecilia Meis

“I think I’m guilty of spending way too much time on my phone. And the interesting thing about that is sometimes when I’m at a family dinner, it’s not just me, it’s also my parents that are on their phone too much. So it’s a stereotype that’s given to millennials, but I think regardless of age, a lot of us are guilty of.” ―Jesus Jimenez

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Favorite quote from this episode:

“Simon asserts that these stereotypes are no fault of millennials because the single most defining influence on this generation has been technology. This addictive, amazing technology that we have available to us.” ―Shelby Skrhak

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