Badass Millennial: Evan Spiegel
Now, I’m not personally on the Snapchat bandwagon as I don’t really see a need for it. But today I’m highlighting Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat. Not because of his accomplishments as a 24 year old entrepreneur but because of a statement he made in regards to the millennial generation. In a commencement address he made a statement regarding the controversy of our “selfish” motives. He was quoted:
We do have a sense of entitlement, a sense of ownership, because, after all, this is the world we were born into, and we are responsible for it.
Millennials have a bad rap for being the “me” generation. We’re considered to be entitled and lacking a solid work ethic. Spiegel’s statement speaks truth about why we act the way we do as a generation. We’ve been raised with the notion that we all serve a purpose and it’s up to us to find our own contribution to society. We’ve been told over and over again that if you do what you love, money will come. So, many of us are working to figure out what exactly that means for each of us.
It’s normal not to want to put in your best effort towards roles or objectives that you don’t personally feel connected to. The thing about millennials is we’re actually prepared to put in long hours and lots of hard work. In some corporate cultures, it becomes a competition to see who can come in the earliest, stay the latest, and work the most weekends. We’re hard workers when it comes to things we care about. Why else would we drown ourselves in debt before we even get a job?
We’re emotional creatures, millennials. We want to know that we’re moving through this life with purpose. Until we discover what that purpose is, we’re searching for the next thing. We recognize that it’s up to us to find what we love and care about but until we find what drives us, our work ethic may not be stellar.
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We should be proud of our abilities to constantly want to strive to find something better, to find what our contributions are. We should be proud of where we stake our sense of ownership because when we feel responsible for something, we work harder to protect it and grow it.
We’re the generation that’s beginning to pull our heads out of the sand. We see the tremendous impact we can have, the force we can bring to society, when we have a sense of ownership in our work. So thank you, Evan, for owning your stance on the topic and giving millennials the permission to feel entitled to their causes.