How are Baby Boomers and Millennials helping shape global opportunities?
Hi. It's been a couple of months since my last post and I've been working intently on several personal development priorities in my life with a focus on how and what we can learn from our younger counterparts, The Millennials.
With the millennials or Generation “Y” at the forefront of the new shape of business and global opportunities, it is encouraging for this 65 years young male to know that we have a lot to learn from each other.
This was especially significant to me since I have 4 children and 2 step children who are all in the Y generation!
Even though I am a full fledged baby boomer, I have kept an open mind about the fact that I will always be learning.
Now, throw in that my wife and I made a decision to commit ourselves to learning all that we can about the world of internet marketing, and it is such a blessing that we have our “millennial” age children to help us transition into this incredible age we're living in!
Some of the millennial crew here:
Paul Irving, Chairman of the Center for the Future Of Aging at the Milken Institute and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, states in his blog with the Huff Post:
“…As boomers seek to overcome their own challenges, there are important lessons to be learned from millennial counterparts. It's time to recognize that the benefits in boomer-millennial relationships can flow powerfully both ways.
….Millennials are technologically literate. Digital natives, they know how to build and expand relationship networks……To identify opportunities for work, volunteerism and new experience, boomers should strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones, employing the tools of technology. With a significant majority of employers using social media to recruit talent, boomers can empower themselves by following the millennial lead and connecting.
Millennials are the most educated generation, and they understand that learning can be realized on campus, online and from multiple sources. To refresh and expand their education and ready themselves for the demands of a knowledge-based society, boomers can pursue a wider range of lifelong learning options.”
After accepting that I never would learn all the special features of my Android phone, I found myself asking my son who always simplified the steps for me to follow.
I was amazed at how fast he grasped what I deemed technically challenging and passed it off as if he was teaching me how to pour a glass of milk!
It all became even more clear that I was not getting a handle on certain aspects of social media when I asked my daughter how to post multiple pics on Facebook and before I could even finish my sentence she had already posted the pics and sent it to all her friends.
Another source of impressive research on this subject of how baby boomers and millennials are helping shape global opportunities, is Paul Irving's book, The Upside of Aging.
The reviews alone speak volumes on the significance of these two influential generations and how it can benefit the world from the collective life lessons they bring to the table.
A couple of these reviews I'll share with you in a moment referenced a growing disparity and downright disdain for the baby boomer generation.
For some, it's literally becoming a psychological tug of war!
Baby Boomers are stating:
“What's this world coming to!'
And Millennials responding with:
“It's all your fault!”
Like this blog, for instance, in which the author almost sounds like he's whining and blaming all the problems and fault with the Social Security system and Medicare on the entire U.S. baby boomer population. (For the sake of fairness, Read the entire blog here!)
The Upside of Aging gives a practical approach and honors both generations with their individual contributions.
So, these reviews came as a welcome and with some gratitude that by adopting the right mindset, these two generations can impact the world in a very positive way.
Check out these great reviews:
“A treasure chest of research, insight, experience, and pragmatic ideas, this highly accessible book is indispensable for understanding—and responding creatively to— today's massive global demographic transformation.”
—David Bornstein, New York Times columnist and author, How to Change the World
“The Upside of Aging offers a wise counterpoint to the chorus of voices comparing the longevity revolution with some dire natural catastrophe: a ‘tsunami' of elders about to overwhelm us. A collection of thought leaders show us how much we have to gain from all the years added to our collective life span. Optimistic, sensible and compelling, this book arrives at the perfect moment.”
—Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, author, speaker, and commentator
“An invaluable book. The Upside of Aging offers a fresh look at our later years. Its compelling insights reveal tremendous global opportunities that far outweigh the challenges arising from the convergence of longer lifespans and an aging population.”
—Jean Chatzky, bestselling author and financial editor, NBC's TODAY show
If you're considering pursuing a post retirement business, you will undoubtedly experience dealing with people of the Y generation – the Millennials.
From the countless books and research addressing the endless benefits of merging these two generations, you will be enlightened at how the Millennials have taken the best of what baby boomers mastered and have revolutionized it into a more meaningful and fulfilling business mindset.
Now, Go Be Extraordinary!