It’s fall – which means time for another season of Survivor! This year’s theme of Millennials vs Gen X got me thinking about a very common stigma between the two groups. The Gen X generation are portrayed as “hard workers” who “didn’t grow up receiving a trophy for everything”, while the Millennials are portrayed as “lazy” and having “no clue what hard work really is.”
The way I see it – both generations are hard workers. A large portion of millennials seem to have found a way to make work fun.
Work does not have to be something you dread every Monday and are only doing as a way to get by and make money. Work can be so much more than that. It can be creative, it can be innovative and most of all it can be something that adds to the joy in your life. For example, one Survivor contestant on the Millennial tribe is a professional video gamer. According to this article – if you are able to build a following and develop your online personality, you can easily make $100,000+ annually! That’s crazy!
Work does not have to be a 9 to 5 day job in an office or the overnight shift at a factory. Yes, it still can be and there is nothing wrong with either of those options, but – the times have changed. The internet has opened the channels of communication all over the world. So many different types of “jobs” can be done from right behind a computer screen in the comfort of your own home, or even the beach if you so choose. The opportunities are endless!
I think it’s time to let go of the old definition that is applied to what hard work is or what a JOB entails. Working hard does not equate to suffering. Success does not have to be a struggle.
Let’s embrace the new!