My Millennial Work Ethic

The stereotypical millennial is lazy, entitled, ruining relationships, and most of the things that were built for us. This stereotype mostly comes from the fact that we do things differently than our parents.

I went to college, got an internship when I graduated, got a job then got a better job. Not exactly what I call lazy. I started paying off my stereotypical millennial student loans and immersed myself into the 9-5 culture.

And it’s not easy for me. It’s not easy to work 5 out of the 7 days a week, to work for most of your life, to make your job your (basically) number one priority. It’s not easy for me to wake up early in the morning then work nonstop until it’s time to go. You don’t go at your own pace, there is a schedule and rules and you are supposed to follow them.

So in some ways, I’m the stereotypical millennial who wants to make their own schedule and work from my bed. Is it realistic? No, but a girl can dream!

Just because we dream, doesn’t mean we’re lazy. And it doesn’t mean all of us have the same dream. I know many people who thrive in a pressured 9-5 environment, but I’m just a stereotypical millennial when it comes to this!

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17 thoughts on “My Millennial Work Ethic

  1. Here here! Whenever I hear or read about the ‘typical’ millennial in a work environment, I usually roll my eyes and wonder why they have to make us look bad. I’ve been working since I was 14, sometimes multiple jobs, so if anyone dares make a comment to me about my work ethic based on these notions… well let’s just say, they messed with the wrong millennial. 🙂

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  2. I think they’re just bitter that we are realizing that working 9 to 5 five to seven days a week is a dull life, that we’re finding other ways to earn money so that we can live life differently.

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  3. Millennials get a bad rap sometimes. They are just trying to make the system work for them like previous generations. Sure every group gets chided by the group that came before. This seems to be the way of the world it seems.

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  4. People mostly think that things should be done the way that they have always been done despite the fact that the world is always changing. It reminds me of Henry Fords lawyer “The horse is here to stay, the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.” Our parents worked 60 hours a week, they ground their joints to dust, they walked 10 miles uphill in the snow both ways etc, and the idea that millennials are like ” ummmm…is walking uphill in the snow both ways in August actually necessary?” makes us seem like crazy unrealistic dreamers looking for shortcuts lol

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  5. I don’t really get the stereotype of the typical millennial. I am a millennial, most of my friends are millennials, my sister is a millennial. We all work. A shit ton actually. Do we dream of being able to spend mornigns lounging in bed and making our own hours? Of course. But who doesn’t? I don’t think qishful thinking equates to laziness.

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  6. Totally agree. Dreams don’t make us lazy, they make us stronger because we strive for them even when they seem impossible. Wanna be YouTube famous? Okay go for it, make videos and do your best. Wanna work 9-5 at a desk? That’s great too! I feel like we grew up being told that we needed to have a “passion” but also that the job market was taking a turn for the worse, and we don’t know how to reconcile those 2 things. Easy, screw those people who tell you you can’t succeed because it’s too hard, and just do what you have to do to make it happen.

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