Millennials Are Not A Disease

millennials are not a disease crop

Our society has become more politically correct.
As a whole, we try not to discriminate based on color, gender, religion, or body size.
Millennials have become the latest group that is ‘safe’ to pick on.
We call them narcissistic, lazy, distracted, sensitive, short sighted and entitled.
That stereotype is wrong.

At the Wedding MBA we think Millennials are an asset, not a plague.  Here’s why…

Millennials believe they can create something out of nothing.
The internet has lowered the barrier to entry, especially among wedding pros, to the point where if you dream it and create it online it then becomes a reality. Competition brings out the best in everyone.

Some see entitlement… we see confidence.
This generation was taught that failure is a good thing. Their heroes include Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk. All failed at some point in their career; this failure only motivated them to become more successful.

They expect Insta-results.
Rather than taking a month to complete a task, millennials might take a day.  They deliver and expect instant results.

Social media has expanded their friend network.
Those more active on social media feel comfortable posting things like, “I have extra tickets for the U of A basketball game this week…who wants to come with me?” or “ I need a babysitter for Saturday night…any ideas?”  Millennials are better at asking for help and to us this is a great thing.

Millennials are the same as the rest of us.
A national survey of over 2,500 skilled construction workers studied the difference in work ethics between millennials and those born prior to 1981-ish (give or take a few years depending on who is determining what qualifies as a millennial),and they found there was little to no difference hours worked, attention to detail, or any other measurable results.

Millennials care more about the process.
This age group will pay more if they get a behind the scenes look examining the reasons for the additional cost.  They appreciate fair labor, customized features, being part of the process, and giving back to the community.

Millennials are changing the business landscape.  Help plant the seeds of change to reap the benefits they will bring.

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p.s. Yes, I am a Wildcat fan, if you ever happen to have extra tickets, my husband and I would love them.

10 Responses

  1. Lily Nathan says:

    I have found millennials to be a pleasure to work with. They are full of such crazy fun ideas its just a matter of helping them focus and budget and then we are all good. I am also tired of all this millennial shaming.

  2. Gina says:

    While I appreciate the call to attention of millennial, I must disagree and almost all points. Because it is stated here in this article, does not make it fact. From our 30+ years in the wedding industry 17 of those mine personally), Millenials have been the most difficult to reach and to work with.

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Gina, I can appreciate what you are saying. Millennials do seem to speak a different language and contacting them through traditional methods can be exhausting. It’s getting harder and harder to get anyone to answer their phone not just millennials. Thanks, Shannon

  3. Laurel Mungo says:

    I completely agree! This is the generation that will indeed change the world and have the documentation to prove it. It did take me a minute to embrace them…but now that I have I am enjoying the ride.

    • Shannon says:

      Laurel, I finally feel like I have a millennial groove going on. I agree it was tough to embrace new ways to communicate at first! I send more text messages now than voicemails. Shannon

  4. Millenials are our future and are not to be discounted. They are fast paced, technologically inclined and savvy!

  5. Rick Prill says:

    Just the simple fact that anyone would write an article with this title and content points to all of the “stereotypes” being true. Remember “Perception is Reality”? Of course you cannot generalize an entire generation, but clearly the predominant characteristics of this millenial generation is that they are obsessively self centered, and have no real skills that go beyond social media, or digital endeavors. Also, it appears extremely clear that they would much rather have everyone around them scurry to fill their needs without their feeling interested or obliged to manage tasks for them selves, like painting a bedroom, or mowing a lawn. Perhaps the term entitled is pretty accurate? It isnt their fault really, their parents didnt want them to lift a finger to do anything for anyone else, or for themselves, their parents did everything for them and still do, so they think it is “Normal” for everyone else to do everything for them that they need done. It isnt so much a stereotype, as it is a VERY sad reality.

    • Shannon says:

      Rick, I totally get what you are saying. We had eight 10-year-old boys to our house yesterday for an end of the year party and half of them have phones. My son knows I don’t agree with this. I don’t believe in letting my kids have too much time online and will not let them onto social media for a long long time. I think it could potentially mess with their value system and the idea of hard work. It is an uphill battle but I am willing to fight it. Shannon

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