The Paradox of Generation Y

Do you feel like the world is open to you, but you don’t know which way to set off? Like all the tools you need have been given to you for free, but you don’t know which to use or how to use them well? Like you could do anything, but you don’t know what to do first?

If so, you’re in Generation Y. And you’re lost.

You feel guilty for being lost. With all that space, all those tools, all that opportunity – how can you possibly be lost? Some people do much more with much less. So what’s the problem?

Deep down there’s this hole, this emptiness, this uncertainty. A thousand uncertainties – a million even. Where am I going? Where should I be going?

And there’s the why, too. Why don’t I know? Why can’t I figure it out? Why are there so many other people tearing up trees and making great stuff when I’m getting left behind?

There’s a nagging feeling that the previous generation just got on with it. Maybe there were more certainties then. Maybe the destruction of the rules of 100 years ago, of 50 years ago, of just 20 years ago, has left a void.

This is the void in which we’re lost.

But we have space, and we have tools, and we have opportunities.

All we need now is a map.

This blog helps me draw my map. Perhaps it will help you draw yours too.


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