Why Millennials Can’t be Happy 

Simon Sinek explores the reasons why Millenials are getting a bad reputation. From growing up with a toxic addiction to social media to the sense of entitlement which is cultivated in today’s youth through instant gratification and pampering.

This talk is a riveting insight into the potential damage of overuse of social media at a young age and poses some stark questions about how young people today will cope with the harshness of the working world.

4 thoughts on “Why Millennials Can’t be Happy 

  1. I do agree that his talk is certainly a talking point, I do not however agree with his view. I find that his statements are broad generalisations upheld by purely opinion rather than facts or statistics. I feel that he has failed to take into account the economic context when these ‘millennials’ entered the work-place (the recession) and complained about idleness and entitlement which have been used by many a previous generation to criticise successive ones since the 18th Century.

    His opinions are not original. His views are dangerous. ‘Millennials’ are not victims of ‘a bad hand’ and by repeating ‘it is not their fault’ is just condescending. Given the age of this generation currently ( 20-30), changing jobs is normal. It has happened in every generation not just in those born post 1985. Generalisations will only cause damaging stereotypes.

    In the UK specifically, ‘millennials’ are victims of previous generations and circumstance but not in ANY of the ways that he has mentioned. Ever-increasing house prices, national debt and the resulting austerity are because of our parents. Many would even go further to say that our departure from the European Union and the falling of the pound was because of the high Leave vote in older voters. We all have our complaints. Just because he has made his talk relatable and easy listening does not mean that it is benign and inoffensive.

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  2. Great talk. thanks for posting. I can’t sleep… so guess where I am at 4:30 in the a.m.? lol. Okay, technically, this isn’t ‘social’ media… well, not of the instant streaming kind. (I tried to play a word game on my phone to make myself sleepy, no go. lol) Blog reading DOES NOT COUNT. Better than flipping channels and only finding reality shows. *ugh*

    Moving on…

    Surprise! I agree and disagree with him…

    DISAGREE: The behaviors he attributes to ‘only’ millennials, well, those are behaviors of most people who use cell phones or social media.

    BOTH: Really though… his is a necessary discussion and I noticed the faces of the younger folk in the audience as he hit certain key points. I am glad someone else is thinking about it… I pondered something similar last year regarding millennials “lack of compassion” and tendency to narcissism. Now, I know their like that gov’t worker(s) I once knew… they’re just miserable and are trying to make the rest of us miserable too… (misery loves company)

    AGREE on INTENTION: Anyway… like I said, this all needs to be said… He’s basically calling for a new way of thinking… Best cure for what ails you? Philosophy. 😉

    The only thing I would add is: “Why the hell should WE have to re-parent an entire population of people?!”

    Geez. I have 2 teenagers now. I call for an intervention by THEIR parents. I’m freaking busy.

    But really, we need to re-parent EVERYONE on technology. Start to shift the culture to saying, “It’s not okay that you posted that you were going to the hospital to have the baby on FB, instead of calling your friend of 15 years…” (Yes, that really happened, and sadly, continues to happen… in a dizzying array of social opportunities.)

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  3. I saw this vid a few months back. It sure sounds compelling on the face of it. I feel that we are encouraged to look to our attainments for happiness, validation and self-esteem – look at all the self-help out there, the ’10 ways to…’, the to-do lists and productivity hacks and career coaching, let alone peer comparisons pressed by social media … While important, these things alone will never quite work because in my opinion happiness and self-esteem is at least in part a choice of inner attitude, consisting of knowing oneself and being confident that one is sufficient and worthy. My two cents on how to solve the millennial ‘problem’ 😉


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