A Lesson For the Millennials


Hoof Hearted
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For those Millennials who want it all right now...

I was down and out in the mid-90's. I saw an ad in the paper for a 'driver wanted' to collect donations for the local Firefighters Association. It was like 8 bucks an hour, but I took it.

After that 3 week stint, I then had "Worked For Firefighters" on my resume.

I then applied for a driver position with a shipping company and got it! Then I put the money I earned from that job, to put my girlfriend through College. She ended up getting a job at the Federal Government.

You see?

I was making 8 bucks an hour...my gal was making 7 dollars an hour at a Call center. Now together we're over 100k per year.

All because I took that little shitty driving job for the Firefighters Association.

Success in life takes time...hard work...knowing who and where to hitch your wagon to...and patience. We're married now and still carry each other to this day. That's the way to do it. No such thing as an overnight success.
 
Johnnny
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Thats one way of succeeding but its not the only way.

Here is a story about 3 amigos who happen to be millennials and their individual stories. For context the 3 amigos here grew up in the same area of town and that area of town might be considered the ritzy part of town.

Amigo #1 was the kinda kid everyone liked to hangout with back in high school. He was hip was happening and really had no concern in his life as far as hardship went. His parents gave him an allowance till he was 30 years, and he only one job in his life till that point, which he only held for 2 weeks. He loved his drugs though and he did them without thinking of the consequences and till this day he is still on methadone and has to stay on it because he has no self control at all. His parents paid 5 years of college for him which he flunked and paid his phone bills and bought him his groceries when he lived with his girlfriend. He turns 30 and parents got him a job as a janitor with the hospital and put $75,000 towards the house he lives in now. Now he has a job which he pays into a pension and lives in a decent neighbourhood kicking his feet back telling everyone that he worked hard to "make it"

Amigo #2 was pretty much the same except for a few differences. He loved his video games and had the highest gamer score on the block. Although he actually had a few of the "Survival" jobs growing up he only got them because his parents forced him to get them. To his credit he did pay his own phone bill and bought his own drugs and he did pass the college years his parents payed off. They bought him a car and gave him everything, he had no worries at all. But man im telling you he loved those video games and as a result became very awkward socially and couldn't get past the interview process let alone function in the work place because there is a difference between talking to people in front of you as opposed to a headset. Anyways around his 30s his parents say he has to move out but he doesn't know how its done, so his parents find him and pay a years worth of rent on an apartment buy everything he needs and his mom gets him a job which also pays into his pension and he lectures other people who grew up poor that he had to struggle in life because he made it.

Amigo #3 is pretty much like you in the mid 90's although he may have lived a little bit better growing up because he is from the same area as the amigos. Sure he grew up in the rich end of town but his parents told him he is only getting a roof over his head and a meal on the table which is still a lot more than a lot of people. They made him pay for his own college and he worked wherever he needed too even if it meant leaving town for a long period. He saved up his money and even went back to school and even took a minimum wage job while in college just to keep some income rolling in. Even after graduating the second time he finds out that his new field is plagued by nepotism and that no matter how many of the 200 tailored resumes/cover letter he sent out no one considered him for the job shattering his dreams of a second career. He takes a really low paying job just to get his foot in the door and finally gets a good job albeit temporarily and gets experience in a completely different field re-inventing himself a third time but since his contract got cut because of a certain mine closure he has to reapply. Now he still hasn't heard back from any of the jobs he recently applied to because nepotism. Now he has a choice where he has to start a 4th career path. He gets so pissed off when people tell him that he is lazy and not trying hard enough because he is a millennial but he accepts that that's the way things are. He still has faith in himself and hope that one day maybe all his work will pay off in the end and he can be successful in life like Amigo's 1 & 2.

Basically what i'm saying is that millennials aren't all what they are cracked up to be and regardless of what generation were in, were all the same. There are some of us out there "slugging it out" working hard
Last edited by Johnnny; Jul 8th, 2017 at 09:16 PM..
 
petros
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Life is easy. All you have to do is show up every day.
 
Johnnny
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Life is easy. All you have to do is show up every day.

Some people that's all they need and those people tend to know more people than actually knowing anything.

Some people just gotta roll with the punches even if they always show early everyday and yes there are millennials that do that too. I have never been late showing up in my life but that only carries you so far.
Last edited by Johnnny; Jul 8th, 2017 at 08:53 PM..
 
petros
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My Millennial is doing just fine and so are most of her friends but they are naive when it comes to appreciating what work was like before the digital age.
 
Johnnny
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

My Millennial is doing just fine and so are most of her friends but they they naive when it comes to appreciating what was like

Im not saying im doing bad im just saying that in spite of the circumstances one faces that there are millennials who know how to work hard and do what the OP said for example.

What pisses me off is that people see the word "millennial" and assume like they know every one of us individually.

The only reason why i mentioned the half sob story is to show you that there are some of us who are made of the same stuff as you old geezers who think there shit dont stink
Last edited by Johnnny; Jul 8th, 2017 at 09:21 PM..
 
Danbones
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lol sh!t don't stink there
I overhear it wreecks

pool WAS full of beer
 
Johnnny
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

lol sh!t don't stink there
I overhear it wreecks

pool WAS full of beer

It just drives me up the wall when people say that im the pokemon go generation and that my only skill in life is finger banging a ps4 controller. Yea i can probably name 25 of the bagillion pokemon out there but i still know how to bring home a proper wage regardless of the circumstance.
 
Danbones
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Don't blame you

I just find when I have worked hard slugging, younger folks don't seem to have the staying power, Other then that, I find they are more up on new technical tricks...

We are used to heavy bottles, they slug back lighter cans
so there is some sort of balance to it all
 
Johnnny
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Don't blame you

I just find when I have worked hard slugging, younger folks don't seem to have the staying power, Other then that, I find they are more up on new technical tricks...

We are used to heavy bottles, they slug back lighter cans
so there is some sort of balance to it all

Some of us can do that slugging around too and some of us can work in multiple fields, save their money and keep moving forward.

I know for a fact that most of the older folk here that come up and say we are lazy as shit couldn't touch my work ethic.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Johnnny View Post

Im not saying im doing bad im just saying that in spite of the circumstances one faces that there are millennials who know how to work hard and do what the OP said for example.

What pisses me off is that people see the word "millennial" and assume like they know every one of us individually.

The only reason why i mentioned the half sob story is to show you that there are some of us who are made of the same stuff as you old geezers who think there shit dont stink

I hear you loud and clear, you're developing a hard nose attitude.

Gen Xers are far from being the cherries on a cheesecake.

If anything Gen X parent(s) can shoulder a good portion of the time by spoiling their kids with the things they never had growing up.

The economy of the late 70s to early 80s was really harsh and the gravy train came in 10 years later for us than the Baby Boomers.

For millennials the gravy train is on time.