The Globe and Mail’s Careers section recently featured a piece by Nicole Gallucci entitled, “Five things I learned from millennialsthat warrants a closer look. While acknowledging the level of comfort millennials have with technology and their forthrightness in insisting on authenticity and integrity in friendships, Gallucci’s entitlement versus enlightenment debate leans heavily towards enlightenment and I don’t entirely agree. Let’s take a closer look at her five items:

  1. google2When in doubt, Google it: No problem here. But it isn’t unique to millennials as Boomers do the same thing. How many times have we been having dinner with friends when no one can think of the name of who sang For What it’s Worth, a.k.a. Something’s Happening Here (it’s Buffalo Springfield). We’ve seriously taken Einstein’s advice to heart and are not cluttering our brains with something that can be found on Google.
  2. Seize the moment:Cell/smart phones are a miracle embraced by Millennials—invented by Boomers. Enough said.
  3. There’s no excuse for not connecting: Social media is embedded. Millennials may have mastered this but Boomers are running neck and neck. Thanks to Facebook and Linked-In we’ve been able to reconnect with old friends from forty years ago and we love it.
  4. Call it as you see it: Can’t argue with this one. The importance of authenticity and integrity in friendships is undeniable and I’ll give Millennials this one. Boomers were more accepting of everyone until their merit was proven otherwise. Sometimes it took several years or decades but we’re finally shedding those friends who suck the life out us in various negative ways.
  5. Preaching this to Millennials is setting them up for unrealistic expectations. Nice idea though.
    Preaching this to Millennials is setting them up for unrealistic expectations, and prolonged unemployment. Nice idea though.

    Do what you love or don’t complain: Gallucci claims Millennials are committed to truly living their passion and purpose unlike earlier generations. Millennials make life good every day—they don’t settle. Well, bless my soul. Who wouldn’t be able to live their passion and purpose when their Boomer parents are emotionally and financially subsidizing these passions every step of the way, kissing boo-boos and bankrolling money management incompetence. We never had that option. We finished school; we left home and got a job. There was no time for trying things out while living in our parents’ basement while we “found ourselves” and grew up. Quit whining; get your ass out there and support yourself was the degree of support we got from parents who’d lived through the Depression. I think it’s naïve and misleading to suggest we can all do what we love. I firmly believe that true success flows from being “hungry” at some point along the way. It’s character-building when you’re forced to become resourceful on your own merits .

There are a lot of Millennials who are great, hard-working young people. But let’s face it; they started from a much higher rung than Boomers who started off much higher than our parents, The Greatest Generation. Sorry Ms. Gallucci. While you might see Millennials as enlightened rather than entitled, you’re viewing them from a position of social and economic advantage that is not universal. Enjoy your Eat, Pray, Love sabbatical. It’s a luxury most people will never enjoy.

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Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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