So, yes, emerging adults today have high and often unrealistic expectations for work, but lazy? That’s laughably false. While they look for their elusive dream job, they don’t simply sit around and play video games and update their Facebook page all day. The great majority of them spend most of their twenties in a series of unglamorous, low-paying jobs as they search for something better. The average American holds ten different jobs between the ages of 18 and 29, and most of them are the kinds of jobs that promise little respect and less money. Have you noticed who is waiting on your table at the restaurant, working the counter at the retail store, stocking the shelves at the supermarket? Most of them are emerging adults. Many of them are working and attending school at the same time, trying to make ends meet while they strive to move up the ladder. It’s unfair to tar the many hard-working emerging adults with a stereotype that is true for only a small percentage of them.
Passion is what moves mountains and makes the world move forward. Passion and unflinching optimism are force multipliers. There’s never enough to go around because these qualities are always in short supply. So the bottom line is self-evident. It’s short-sighted and stupid to discourage anyone’s (male or female) energy and enthusiasm, and it’s long past time we got over the rhetoric and the pointless characterizations and start focusing our efforts and energies on who can best help us make a difference in the marketplace and create real results.
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