By: Connor Judson Garret – June 7, 2016
In my last post The Perception of Millennials versus the Reality I wanted to respond truthfully for better or worse to the stigmas about my generation. Millennials need to be cognizant of how we are perceived to consider if we can justify our behavior or if we need to change. Our employers, who are likely baby boomers, can hopefully understand what drives gen y (important stat regarding millennials dominance in the workforce) and consider how to mesh the best of the new and the old.
First, to reduce the disconnect between gen y and the baby boomers both need to understand how the other defines the American dream. After world war II the world breathed a collective sigh that the nightmare of global war was over, and in the U.S. the ideal of the era was the house with the picket fence, children (lots of them) and a dog. But times have changed. We’ve gone through the housing crash and massive student debt, prompting millennials to redefine the American dream.
My generation values being valued, being heard, and making a difference. We want to leave behind a legacy and promote real change. The new American dream is much more about leading a holistic purpose driven life than it is about the money in one’s bank account.
Below are the responses to this question I posed on my personal Facebook account:
What does the phrase the American Dream mean to you? Obviously, it’s evolved and I’d appreciate any insight into how YOU personally view this New American Dream.
Ivy Elizabeth Holt (23):
The ability to work hard to accomplish anything you want. It’s not exactly 100% possible from just hard work. You have to think around society now a days to get an upper hand sometimes. Less deserving people will and do get ahead of the hard working people and take advantage of them. Sometimes you have to slightly nudge your foot in the door the right way to turn things around. My “American Dream” is to be viewed as equally intelligent to peers despite my sex- and if not viewed at least have my work looked at because good work can’t be denied. I want to help bring about social change that is so needed today. And still….the pursuit of happiness.
Danilo Araujo (22):
To me, coming from another country, the American dream is to become a business owner. This is the land of opportunity, yet the system is designed to keep everyone stuck in a 9 to 5 job. To become the boss instead of having one is the key to financial freedom. This is my American dream
Nick Morales (20):
The ability to do something you love whilst living in a comfortable setting. Also having many friends!
Abigail Shields (22):
To be able to have the right and support to do what makes you happy. To live according to what you want to receive from life and to be able to work hard to achieve it.